Tip 8: Compost Organic Waste

Waste. Things you don’t need or can’t use and discard. 

In this post I’m talking more about household waste, in particular organic waste. So (back to my childhood memories) when I was young, one of my chores was to take out the compost. We had a big wooden outdoor compost which would get slowly filled up, then closed and eventually the decomposed waste was moved onto the garden. 

Now, I’ve started something similar. We have a black bin for our household organics which operates on the bokashi system. So you simply add the kitchen scraps and liquid bokashi into the bucket and the scraps begin to decompose (more so if the bucket is full so I usually prefer to squish material down and add more than empty the bucket, also things decompose faster in the summer compared to the winter). The bucket has a tap so you can mix the liquid with water to maker a fertiliser and put it straight onto herbs and veggies. 

The second part of our system is a large black bin out the back of the garden, this is where we empty the full buckets and I’ll add in some leaves or grass clippings to keep it balanced. Next to the black bin is a big round open container and our leaves, grass clipping and weeds go into that. Both the black bin and the open container get turned regularly and in the summer I add in water to aid the breakdown of the waste. I’ve found that worms are naturally gravitating towards these areas assisting with the decomposing progress. Once the time comes to set up our third veggie patch, it is good to know that rather than buy in potting mix we will be able to fill it with our own compost. 

One thing we have noticed since starting to compost is the dramatic reduction in the amount of material going into the bin, it probably halved our non-recyclable waste. I’m working on the rest, but a start is a start.