How to turn kitchen waste into “black ” gold to nourish your garden

Composting is a vital component for your organic garden.

To compost or not to?  That is the question.

  • Composting is the cheapest source of organic material to build your soil
  • Composting is convenient way to convert kitchen scraps to valuable humus
  • Composting recycles almost any organic material


What to add in layers

  • Urine (pee in a bucket, add approximately same quantity water, then water on compost heap weekly is good)
  • Plants that need pulling out of the garden
  • Succulent weeds(no seeds)
  • Vegetable that are past their used by date
  • Lawn clippings
  • Fruit peelings
  • Pea pods
  • Egg shells
  • Tea leaves
  • Coffee  grounds
  • Animal manure
  • Straw( in thin layers only)
  • News paper (only shredded and soaked in water)
  • Yesterday’s flowers
  • Hair and dust from the vacuum cleaner

DO NOT ADD:

  • Fatty and greasy kitchen scraps.
  • Meat , fish, dairy or cheese. These will attract vermin
  • Diseased plants
  • Tough roots
  • Thick dry sticks and other woody material
  • Onions and lemons (earthworms also have likes and dislikes. These are not their favorite dinner!!!!!)

TIPS :

  • Begin by put dry leaves ,small stones and  sticks on slightly sloping ground
  • Big roots, weeds especially with seeds should not be added unless you are making “hot” compost
  • To counter acidity sprinkle occasionally a handful of lime or wood ash
  • Cover final layer with lid, or hessian or old carpet
  • Keep moist not soggy

There are many ways to speed up the decomposing

  • add  compost worms
  • turn and water weekly
  • shred ingredients before adding
  • weekly add these fresh leaves to activate your compost heap:  comfrey , yarrow, elder berry,  tansy or borage (These  magnificent herbs encourage bees and valuable insects to the garden as well)

When is compost ready ?

When it smells deliciously earthy and is dark brown in color and crumbles in your hand I call this BLACK GOLD!

compost, worm farm and liquid manure and seaweed bins
compost making

 

Sadly comfrey is considered a weed and is not easily purchased from a commercial nursery. My advice is to beg, borrow or steal from a friend. Once you have it, you too can share with other friends who don’t have it. Lets share the love around I say!

 

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“Soil is the substance of transformation”  –  Carol Williams