By Bernard Preston

Compost bins gardening

Compost bins gardening is about where 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 healthy 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.

Up front, it's 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 garden. They simply don't make enough humus and unless it's quite sophisticated you're likely to break your back getting the friable material in and the goodies out.

This is about your kitchen trash can.

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 chiropractor! The lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints don't 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 trash can, and how often you need to empty it, give a good measure of the health of your family. There's 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 you have plenty of pumpkin peels, onion skins, green pods and gem squash shells, salads that have passed their best, that continually fill your compost bins for gardening then you can be sure that you and your family are getting plenty of those coloured foods that our bodies so desperately need for vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

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 cancer, inflammation and sickness. If you're interested in better health then it's time to find 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 gardening will be overflowing.

Compost bins gardening

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.

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 don't 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; they have none of the resistant starch that evades digestion in the small intestine, and feeds the very important normal flora in the colon. Look for more information in the navigation bar on your left. 

Worm farms too are not fond of the acidic fruits, so citrus, pineapples and tomatoes should go straight to the compost pile.

The benefits of worm farms are vast; firstly they will consume all the waste in your compost bins gardening 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.

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