Compost bins gardening is about when to start, what to use and where to put all the output from your kitchen trash.
In just a few months you can turn this waste into beautiful rich soil instead of sending it to the dump where it adds yet more problems for the local authority, and the rats will gorge on it.
This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 13th February, 2020.
Up front, it is not about building a compost bin in the garden; frankly I don't believe in them though they do have their uses in the small backyard. They simply do not make enough humus and unless it is quite sophisticated you are likely to break your back getting the friable material in and the black gold out.
This is all about your kitchen trashcan.
Firstly it definitely needs a little pedal so you can open it without using your hands; they will be busy with a chopping board and knife, or some such.
If you have to bend over to lift the lid then you're likely to put your back out, so spend the extra or it'll be costing you ten times as much at the DC. The lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints do not like repeated bending and twisting.
Secondly it must have a plastic inner; frankly the compost bin for kitchen waste that is on its way to the garden is a pretty disgusting thing. A mixture of tea leaves, egg shells, slimy lettuce is exactly what the pile, or your worm farm, loves but it gets smelly and unpleasant quite quickly. Empty it at least every other day; and scrub it clean regularly.
Interestingly, the contents of your compost trashcan, and how often you need to empty it, gives a good measure of the health of your family. There is strong research showing that those folk who enjoy eight or more coloured foods every day have a 35% lower all-cause of death; that's massive.
All the fruit peelings means plenty of vitamin C in your diet, so there'll be fewer visits to the doctor for flu, and you can avoid the very questionable jabs that are recommended every winter.
If your compost bins for gardening are filled to overflowing with pumpkin peels, onion skins, green pods and gem squash shells, and salads that have passed their best, then you can be sure that you and your family are getting plenty of those coloured foods that our bodies so desperately need.
This is where the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals are to be found; the roughage for a happy colon too.
What are phytochemicals, you may be asking? They are simply a vast array of substances in plants that act in our bodies to protect us against malignant disease, inflammation and sickness.
If you are seriously concerned about greater well-being then it is time to find out about substances like the lignins in wheat, choline in eggs, betaine in beets and the lycopene in tomatoes; don't fuss too much about their names, and what they do, but do make sure you are enjoying a wide variety of whole foods.
And then your compost bins will be overflowing with gardening material for the humus that plants need.
Compost bins gardening covers the whole spectrum from the kitchen to the pile.
If the contents of your compost bins are going straight to the garden pile, then avoid cooked food; vermin like rats will be likely to make a meal of it and they rot rather than break down to lovely smelling humus.
Once cooked they lack the bacteria and fungi that will break them down. It's for this reason that we stopped eating boiled eggs; the shells are useless in a compost heap.
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If your compost bins gardening first are destined for the worm farm, which is my recommendation, then you can be less fussy; they will devour almost anything, cooked or otherwise.
Actually that's not entirely true; they do not like the dough for a pizza base, for example, or what South Africans call putu. It's a corn crumble made from refined maize meal.
We should keep them for high and holy days in any case; it's refined carbohydrates like these that make us obese, and ultimately diabetic.
They have none of the resistant starch that evades digestion in the small intestine, and feeds the very important normal flora in the colon.
Worm farms are also not fond of the acidic fruits, so citrus, pineapples and tomatoes should perhaps go straight to the compost pile.
The benefits of worm farms are vast; firstly they will consume all the waste in your compost bins in a short time, depending on how finely they are chopped. Whole potatoes take longer, for example; cut them in half.
Secondly the vermitea that is produced is an organic liquid manure that is enormously beneficial to your plants, but do either dilute it, or water it in thoroughly, otherwise it will burn sensitive young roots.
The vermicompost is the perfect medium for all your seedlings; rooting is far more prolific. It's the perfect natural food for getting your garden soil ready for spring. And it all is utterly dependent on being fed from your compost bins gardening.
And then we use the worms for chicken food; it's all about making use of a cycle of nature that we call backyard permaculture; working with nature rather than against it.
Your compost heaps in late winter is the right time to extract the black gold, when the humus is light and dry in a summer rainfall region.
Contrary to what we may think, compost does not stink. It is no contradiction for forest bathing to occur in an area near to where your next wheelbarrow of humus will be coming.
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