How to Compost?

food scraps composting

 

Always hearing the term "Composting" but not exactly sure what it is, and how it is done? 

Have no fear, I am here to simplify it for you in this blog post!

So, what exactly is composting?

It is the natural process of recycling organic matter i.e. food/vegetable scraps, into an enriching fertiliser that nourishes soil and plants.

Essentially, any organic matters that grow will decompose in due course and composting basically assist in speeding up the process of it by providing an ideal environment for bacteria and decomposing organisms i.e. our friendly wriggly worms and such, to do their work!

The end-result that produces a decomposed matter, which looks exactly like your garden soil is, my friends, what we call compost. Compost, as what gardeners refer to as "black gold", is rich in nutrients and promotes soil microbes that aid plant growth.

 

How do I compost at home?

Home composting is a great way to keep you organic discards out of the waste stream and produce a valuable soil amendment for your own use.

This guide focuses on easy steps to start one at home! 

Pick a spot (front yard, garden, etc.).

Set it up with a compost bin or if you don't want to buy one like me, I use an old bucket or container and drilled some holes at the bottom so as to keep it aerated.

The simplified illustration below depicts the materials to add and layer :-

composting 101

I stack my compost on top of another bucket to collect the drained water. I check back every day and reuse the collected drain water to water my compost as it contains useful bacteria and essential nutrients. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Composting, in a nutshell

Fundamentally, compost is decomposed organic matter and composting is the natural process of recycling organic material.

It provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (less food wastes, less methane!), recycling nutrients, and conserves water in gardening/agriculture (compost increases water-retaining capacities of soil). The beneficial impacts of it towards our environment clearly outweighs the cons and downsides of starting it.

Why not, jump aboard on the composting bandwagon and join us. Get started on your composting journey by using this guide! Less food wastes in landfill, less methane, less greenhouse effect and a healthier planet.

Let's be gentler to our planet and do our part by incorporating eco-friendly changes in our lifestyles. Together, we can collectively make a huge difference.

 

 

Sources:

"Composting 101" NRDC: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/composting-101

Picture Source: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/composting-101

"The Many Benefits of Compost | Composting 101: What is Compost?" The Bonnie Shop: https://bonnieplants.com/gardening/what-is-compost/