Composting is one way of caring for the environment as follows:
- Adds nutrients to the soil.
- Introduces valuable organisms to the soil. Microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and protozoa, decompose organic material.
- Recycles kitchen and yard waste.
- Reduces wastes for landfills
My composting area is at my small backyard. It’s a series of shallow 1 ft. by 3 ft. pits. It can be made bigger or deeper. I choose to make it small and shallow to facilitate harvesting. I have 10 small pits, side by side , with twigs as separators, which I rotate.
Items For Composting
- Vegetable and fruit peels
- Scrap fruit and vegetables
- Fallen leaves
- Garden trimmings – cut to small size
- Egg shells, food and other kitchen scraps
Cover Full Compost Pit
I cover with broken terra cotta pots and put plant pots on top such that when the plants are watered, the compost is watered/moistened too. I don’t turn or air my compost but they never smell nor attract unwanted bugs.
Full Compost Pit
After 10 to15 days depending on the volume of biodegradable wastes, a pit becomes full. Cover the full pit and open the oldest pit to harvest the compost and so on. If there are still solid items (happens if I don’t cut them small enough), I just put them to the next compost pit.
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