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As our knowledge of the harmful effects of agricultural chemicals grows, more and more farmers and consumers are rediscovering their organic history, returning to the methods of old, such as plucking insect pests and weeds by hand and hoe, and amending soil with natural fertilizers—compost. The joy in growing your own food is the joy in savoring its delicious flavor and in providing good food for others to enjoy. Discover how to rebuild your garden with an organic foundation and produce the vegetables, fruits and herbs that will nourish your family and the families of those who purchase your produce.
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From Garbage to Compost

People are becoming more and more aware of garbage and waste disposal management. We often hope that we could recycle our waste in a more productive way at home rather than sending it away to a land-fill to be burnt or buried. Composting is an easy process that makes a big difference to the recycling and reuse of waste. What can be better than to be able to turn your kitchen garbage into something useful, and most importantly in your own backyard?

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Step 1: Find a plastic garbage bin that is not too small. A good size would be 57cm height and radius or bigger. It is important for the bin to be big enough for the composting process to take place effectively. Heat is generated during the process of decomposition which is extremely important. A small bin might not be able to generate the required amount of heat.

Step 2: Drill ventilation holes on all sides of the bin as shown on the diagram. Also cut out the entire bottom of the bin.

Step 3: Find a good spot for your bin to be placed. If you have a back-yard then it is best to place it directly on soil or land. If you do not have a back-yard, then create a small corner in your terrace or veranda where you can put a layer of soil. Place the bin upside down at this spot.

Step 4: Always begin your heap with a 15-20cm layer of dry leaves for aeration and drainage.

Step5: Add your cooked and raw kitchen waste (only bio-degradable items: avoid paper) on top of the dry leaves and then cover it with more dry leaves/grass and soil. This helps to keep the flies and odour away and also adds the essential carbon required for decomposition.

Step 6: Continue putting your kitchen waste and covering it until the bin is full. If your waste is wet them you most probably will not require to create moisture for the compost. However if you feel the waste is too dry and no decomposition is taking place, add some water. However, it has to be only moist and not wet. Otherwise your garbage will rot.

Step 7: Once the bin is full do not add any more waste to it. Now you need to turn or mix your compost. This is very easy. Just lift the entire garbage bin which has been upside down, and put it to the side. Using hand gloves, transfer the entire waste back into the upside down garbage bin. This simple transfer helps to turn the compost.

Step 8: Turn the compost once every 2-3 weeks. At the end of 2 months you will have beautiful compost ready for use.

Step 9: You can use the compost for your plants or store the ready compost in plastic bags and keep it out of the rain.

Remember not to add any more garbage to your bin once it is full. As the decomposition occurs, the garbage will shrink. However, if you add new waste to it, it will slow down the process and take a long time to give you the good-looking compost that you need. So keep it simple!

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Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Storey's Down-to-Earth Guides) by

You need good compost to have a good garden. It's inescapable. This is a great guide to composting that is not inaccessible to the hobbyist composter. It's a smallish book (no Master Composting here) with a basic explanation of building your compost system, creating the right ratios, trouble shooting any problems you run into, and the pros/cons of different styles of composting. there are several diagrams of different types of outdoor composting bins alongside diagrams of how to create them. The author touches on worm composting, with enough info to get you started on it.

The perspective of the author really helps to take the pressure off composting, which can be a little intimidating to people first starting. If you leave your compostable material in a pile, it will rot. That's how nature works. Now, let's talk about how to speed it up and keep rats & raccoons out of it.


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