Ever felt bad about throwing the leftovers, rotten food that was forgotten out of the fridge, or simply vegetables and fruits extras?
I personally do! It might never occur to you, but most of these sorts of “useless” foods, could be a great natural deal for plants and gardens.
Composting at home is the solution for most of the green and brown unwanted foods that we usually throw away. Compost is simply the organic materials that is shaped in the rotten foods and extras or leftovers, when it’s added to the soil the bacteria breaks down these materials in the soil to form a rich product that is useful and great for plants and gardens.
What are the benefits of composting at home?
- Replaces chemicals to enrich the soil for plants. Therefore, it brings healthy products of vegetables and fruits.
- It helps defeating plants diseases.
- It adds value to the plants or vegetables and fruits, that is rich with all-natural elements that chemicals usually destroy.
- It helps in producing useful bacteria and fungi, which contributes in breaking down the organic matter to create rich material in the soil.
- Composting is all what you need to make your soil fertilized!
- Finally, if you are concerned about the environment, you should know that composting helps a lot in reducing toxic emissions that comes out of the pesticides and chemicals usage for the soil and plants. Or, burning garbage!
How to compost at home?
In practical few steps that you will simply follow, it takes few months or more to finally have your compost ready, and here’s how to do it:
- In your backyard, find a spot where it has an accessible close water hose. Or you can buy one of the online composting bins that are designed especially for that purpose. And pick a sunny spot.
- Collect the greens and the browns of food waste, such as the peeling of vegetables and fruits or tea bags. But you also can use grass clippings as another option for Nitrogen source. As for the browns, where the carbon needed from, you can use straws, newspapers, dried leaves, empty toilet rolls or simply just the woody stems.
- Manage to make an equal 50/50 mix of greens and browns. Moreover, you will need to shred or chop these materials in order to ease and accelerate the process.
- Make sure to mix the pile of compost every once in a while, to bring what’s up to be down and what’s outside to be inside.
- Always make sure that your compost is wet, never let it dry as it will lose the moisture. You can treat it as a bread dough, if it is too wet, add more materials, if it is too dry keep adding water, and so keep on mixing it all at the same time.
- It takes approximately 2 weeks for the compost to heat up, and it all depends on the amount or the size of the compost.
- Adding soil to the compost after it’s heated, helps in accelerating the process.
The average time for your compost to be ready for usage, depends on many factors, but it can take from 4 months to two years. Try it at home!