Composting at home-decreases waste and feeds your garden

30 April, 2020

Why compost?

Spending more time at home means that we are cooking more and becoming more mindful about the amount of waste that we are throwing into our garbage bins. Compost Revolution says that about 50% of what we put in our bins is organic, compostable material that we ca  easily transform into fertiliser and dispose of in our own garden. Composting your household food waste is a great way to think global but act local.

What are the pros and cons of the different types of composting methods? (i.e. Is it smelly?)

Worm Farm: Worms love your scraps, as long as you don’t feed them onions, dairy, meat or citrus. They’ll gobble up the carrot peel, bean tops, lettuce leaves and other vegetable matter and transform them into rich fertiliser juice for your veggie patch. You can also throw in paper to add carbon – the worms will love it! A worm farm should never smell like anything but fresh soil. If it does it means you’re over feeding your clew (this is the collective noun for worms!).

Bokashi bin: A Bokashi bin is a Japanese product that essentially pickles your food waste through a process of fermentation. All food waste can go in; this includes meat, dairy and fish as well as fruit and veggie scraps. Spray the scraps daily with the Bokashi liquid or sprinkle it with an inoculated bran which aids the fermentation process. Press the lid on tight and the bin will not attract flies or create a smell in your kitchen. Bokashi bins come in a range of sizes so you can place them on the bench, under your sink or outside on a verandah. All you’ll need to do is empty the nutrient rich liquid via the tap and remove the fertilised matter once a month. The liquid can be used to fertilise your indoor or balcony plants and the excess
matter can be buried or disposed of in your green waste bin.  Of course, with lots of apartments in Chatswood, a Bokashi bin can be perfect. And if you don’t have anywhere at home to bury decomposed waste, see if there’s a community garden near you that you can take it to.

Compost bin: A compost bin is perfect for a larger garden that has a lot of green waste. It doesn’t smell unless the pile gets too wet. Layer the leaves, grass cuttings and flower waste alternately with paper, food scraps, coffee grounds and seaweed. Sprinkle with water and dry earth occasionally. Do not add animal poop ( EnsoPet Poo Composter bins are better for this), tea/coffee bags, citrus products, onions or fruit stickers. If you have the space, a traditional compost bin is dug part way into the ground. Turn the compost with a pitchfork or shovel to aerate it. A tumbling composter is the easiest way to deal with garden green waste and food scraps. Simply add to the tumbler and turn the handle. The decomposed matter will fall to the bottom and you can scoop out the earthy goodness and use it to fertilise your garden.

Where to buy composting equipment in Chatswood

Compost Revolution has partnered with Willoughby Council and is offering up to 80% off worm farms, bags of live worms, Bokashi bins and enzymes, rotator compost bins and a bunch of
other great waste solution items. Head onto the website to claim your discount and get your compost groove on today. See the Willoughby Council site for more details.

Have you tried composting before?

Do you have a bokashi bin? Or a worm farm? Or a compost tumbler? Let us know some other inventive ways you have disposed of your food scraps.