Why not try taking a greener approach to gardening by creating your own compost. Many thanks to Luke’s ‘green thumb’ bro Michael (who we have spoken about before here when he gifted us his citrus trees), as he is also loaning us two of these 220L Compost Bins.
This one here is from Bunnings for only $39 AUD. It’s made from Recycled Polypropylene and has the easy to use liftable gates at the bottom to remove your compost, and these ones also act as leave collectors (#winning).
So with the chicken coop (taking forever!), and garden beds popping up left-right-and-centre on our block, composting our kitchen scraps has been so easy (and fun) to adopt as I know it’s creating nutrient rich soil our yard with soon benefit from.
Basically the process means recycling all of our food scraps into a tupperware container and every few days tipping it into the compost bin – situated in the veggie patch next to the chicken coop for ease.
What are the benefits of composting
According to Clean Up Australia, almost half of all household waste can be composted (that’s so cool). By composting, not only does this help to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill (which is so ugly), but it also helps to reduce contamination and greenhouse gasses.
• Improves drainage in clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water,
• Assists plant growth and disease resistance,
• Helps to absorb and filter runoff, protecting streams from erosion and pollution,
• Reduces unwanted insects, limiting the need for commercial herbicides or pesticides, therefore preventing runoff pollution, and
• Eliminates garden waste and having to cart and pay for removal at the tip.
How does composting work
Getting the correct balance of these five elements turns your unwanted scraps into rich, nutrient soil .
1. Worms and Microorganisms
What can you compost
This is the main reason I started researching this topic as I’m dying to understand what I can and cannot put in the compost bins. Basically it’s any material which includes vegetable and fruit scraps, hair, newspapers, prunings, grass clippings and weeds. (Simple).
And Giam Life has a great list:
Green / wet materials
- Fruit and veggie scraps
- Egg shells
- Tea bags, tea leaves
- Fresh green grass clippings and plant trimmings grown without pesticides or weed killers
- Plate scrapings (excluding meat and bones)
Brown / dry materials
- Dry leaves, dried grass clippings
- Wood shavings or sawdust
- Nuts and shells
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Pinecones, pine needles
- Shredded egg cartons (the paper kind)
- Shredded newspaper and tissue paper
- Peanut shells
- Cold wood ashes
- Dryer lint
- Shredded cereal boxes and other paperboard items
What can’t you compost
- Pet poop
- Meat and bones
- Diseased plants, seeding weeds or wet grass
- Inorganic materials
So tell us DIYers, have you got the compost bug and recycle your scraps?