Composting is extremely important and does not require much work.
Whilst you can always buy a compost bin, it is very easy to just make your own at home.
In today’s blog post we are going to show you just how easy it is to make a compost bin and why you should have one at home.
What is Compost and what does Composting Mean?
First things first, what is compost? In simple terms, compost is “decayed organic material” that is used as a plant fertilizer.
Composting therefore, is the process by which nature recycles decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. The finished compost looks like crumbly dark brown soil.
Composting at home involves this same natural process, but in a way which is accelerated, as you are continuously adding your constantly generated organic waste to your compost.
Every single day, we are creating waste and sometimes we do not realise that most of the generated waste is organic, which could easily be put to much better use instead of being thrown away.
By composting our waste, we are allowing for the cycle of life to continue as nutrients are returned back into the soil.
Why is Composting Important?
There are a lot of reasons why you should compost, mainly because:
- Yard and food waste make up 30% of the waste. Therefore, composting your kitchen organic waste helps to reduce the overall waste discarded in landfills, waterways and water treatment facilities.
- Adding decomposed organic material to the soil feeds beneficial organisms.
- Composting saves money because you can use your own compost instead of buying soil conditioners, bagged manure etc..
4. Feeding your plants ultimately benefits your health in the long run because contrary to plants grown in depleted soils, your plants will be much richer in nutrients.
5. Although not completely related to composting itself, home composting is a valuable lesson for children in order to understand nature’s cycle and the importance of reducing waste.
How to make a Compost Bin?
Here’s the easiest way you can make your own DIY Compost bin:
1. First, you need an old bin (like this one) :
2. Then, take a drill:
3. And make lots of small holes all around the bin, even at the bottom but not on the lid
4. Now you need something to block the lid like a stone block or straps, basically anything you want as long as it is keeps the lid in place:
5. Make sure to put your bin in your garden or backyard as it will start to smell.
And Voila! Congratulations you have built your compost bin 😊
You can now start reducing waste by putting your own organic materials in the compost bin. But before you do, let us give you some information with what you should and should not put in your compost bin.
What can we Compost?
In reality, not all organic waste is easy to compost. Some organic materials might prove to be a bit more difficult to compost than others and might need a bit of extra work on your side. So here’s a quick and short list of what kind of waste is easy and hard to compost, as well as waste that should not be put in the compost.
Easy To Compost:
– Kitchen waste = peels, fruits and damaged vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds, paper filters, food diverse
– Garden refuses = cropped lawn, sheets(leaves)
– Waste of house = wood ashes, newspaper paper, faded bouquets, sawdust, tissues…
More Difficult to Compost:
– Waste of size and boughs generally: you will need a crusher of garden refuses
– Pits, bones, cores of cabbages …
– Thick cardboards
Waste not to be put in the Compost:
– Inorganic waste = plastic, glass, metals…