Now that the coronavirus pandemic is still driving people to stay and spend more time at home, many people are turning to gardening. Whether the gardening is for ornamental landscaping or to grow vegetables for consumption, making your organic compost may be a good idea for the garden and to help with the environment by curbing organic and food waste.
Food and yard waste for organic compost is more manageable than most people think. Composting is a great idea and one of the best ways to prevent organic waste from entering the waste stream. While most food and yard waste can be composted, the following cannot be composted:
- Meat, fat, grease – These attract flies and rodents.
- Ashes from fire – Will not break down when composted.
- Dairy products – Will not break down when composted.
- Pet waste – May contain parasites and bacteria.
- Noxious weeds, invasive or diseased plants, and bulky branches and twigs – May also contain bacteria and parasites while large sticks take too long to break down.
Structure and Composition
The composition of compost determines a successful outcome. It is necessary to have some 70 per cent carbon (brown) and 30 per cent nitrogen (green).
Browns can be composed of newspaper, cardboard, dead leaves, etc.
Greens can be grass clippings and food waste, including fruit.
How Can You Compost at Home?
You don’t need ample yard space to compost. You can use a small space in your yard or use eco bins, bio bins, or any plastic container if you need to compost indoors. You can also use earthen pots or vases.
- Preparing you compost bin or pit
Your compost pit only has to be around 3 or 4 feet deep and just as big as a bin. If using any container, drill 4 or 5 holes around the container at different levels to allow air in. To avoid any spills, place some newspaper, a tray, or tarpaulin underneath the container. Layer the bottom with soil.
- Segregating and initiating
Collect your organic kitchen waste. Add food waste and wet waste at alternate levels to maintain the dry-wet balance. For instance, if you add food waste like vegetables and fruits, add dry leaves and newspaper scraps on top of that. After a few days, give the pile a quick turn to hasten decomposition.
Take Note of the Smell
If the pile starts smelling bad or like ammonia, it has an excess of green material. Add more brown materials to even out the foul smell. Keep mixing the pile daily to fix the smelly problem.
No Yard or Space at Home? No Problem
If composting at home is not possible for any reason, and you’re in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas, you can contact Labrador Landscape Supplies for high-quality organic compost soil. We understand that the right type of compost and soil mixture can make all the difference in your garden during this pandemic period. Visit Labrador Landscape Supplies at http://landscape-supply.com.au/ for all your landscape and gardening materials.