How to Make a Kitchen Compost
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How to Make a Kitchen Compost

Kitchen compost is a technique used for creating some very good topsoil for your garden. It is the ideal way to make use of your waste food material and left-overs.

Kitchen composting is a very simple process for making fertilizers needed for your home garden. It is made by composting your leftover food and letting them root in a trash can or a composter.

Many times it is found that people throw away the leftover food from the refrigerator after a specific period of time when they think it is not useful for consuming. This leftover or throw away food may very well make a very rich fertilizer for your garden. These foods may consist of vegetables, snacks or overripe fruits. The process is called kitchen composting.

People get a little bit confused at the name of composting as they feel it is unhygienic as well as foul smelling making it unsuitable to be kept in a house. But these are misconceptions regarding kitchen compost.

Kitchen compost, on the other hand, is the ideal way for using your wasted food material as well as it may be the tonic needed for your plants to grow on. These kitchen compost bins are not smelly and neither does one have to work very hard for maintaining it.

There are different kinds of kitchen compost that can be tried out and selecting the one which suit the house.

Vermi-composting : This is a very popular method of composting. It is very easy to handle and doesn’t require any great attention. In this, the composting work is done by redworms which takes care of composting material all by themselves.

  • How to make your Kitchen compost?

  • For making a basic kitchen compost bin by vermi-culture, the following materials may be needed – A trash bin, some newspapers, used coffee grounds, 1 lb. of wiggle worms, some bricks and a cake pan.
  • For placing your bin, select a place which is near to the pantry area or else under the kitchen sink. These are ideal places as it is easy to deposit the leftover materials and also this bin doesn’t come in way of the daily activities of a kitchen.
  • Place the bricks about 20 inches apart and keep the bin on them. Put the cake pan below the trash bin. This is used to collect any water or waste drainage from the bin.
  • Add damp newspapers in the bin. They should occupy two-third of the bin space. See to it that they are damp but not dripping wet.
  • Now is the time to spread the coffee grounds and the worms. The worms should be spread over the coffee grounds making them a comfortable bed. Put on the lid of the bin and then wait for a week.
  • After a week, start putting on your waste products such as egg shells, vegetable peels, apple cores and any other left-over food. Let is spread over the newspapers and coffee grounds.
  • See to it that you don’t put any bones as they may attract rodents. Also avoid citrus fruits which may bring in the flies.
  • Now keep on adding your left-over each day of the week for the next three to four weeks.
  • The process of composting starts in the bin as the worms thrive on the wastage food and reproduce as more and more food is put in the bin.
  • After the schedule time is over, you can collect the compost. Stop putting the food a day before opening the bin. Now push aside one side of the newspaper bedding and collect the compost from that side of the bin. Rearrange the bedding again and start putting on your waste the next day onwards.
  • The process of vermi-compost starts again till the next time you open it. See to it that you collect the compost from the other side of the bedding the second time.

This kitchen compost is excellent topsoil for your plants which is rich in nutrients and act as an antibiotic to the plants. This soil helps plants to stay healthy and disease-free and saves you the expense of buying expensive soils and fertilizers for your plants and garden.

This kind of vermi-compost is inexpensive as well as odorless. It requires little or no attention at all. The worms required for this can be purchased from some garden centers or bait shops.

Along with this basic form of Kitchen composting, there are other types which are new and efficient.

Hot composters – This is another way of kitchen composting and requires little or no attention at all. This is a new technique in which all the work is done by the hot composter and one has only add the leftovers to this composter every day. You can get a small quantity of compost which is of high quality every 15-20 days. The whole process is automatic and convenient. It is highly efficient and could cost a little more than the vermicompost.

Bokashi Composting – This is a new technique adopted by many houses nowadays. A Bokashi composting method consists of microorganisms which go to work on the leftover waste material and after a period of 15-20 days one can get good quality of compost. These may consist of bran or chaff which are mixed with organic microorganisms. It is also a very clean and effective method of composting.

So, the next time you are thinking of buying those expensive fertilizers for your garden plants, make way and bring about a change by opting for Kitchen Composting.


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Comments (5)

This feature is very valuable and forever-timely, nice work.

Well written and excellently presented.....very informative too.

Well written information! Voted up!

Good explanation and easy to follow instructions.

Some places in Ireland even give you a composter machine to cut down waste.