Bin composting is a simple way to add nutrient and mineral-rich humus to the soils that fuel plant growth and the microbes that restore vitality to depleted soils. It’s also free, easy to make and good for the environment are the added benefits.
There are many ways to make good compost. From hot composting methods that kill off weed seeds, through in-situ sheet composting systems that minimise the amount of work need, to bin systems are are convenient, pest-free and inexpensive. Your choice will depend on the space you have available and the volume and type of waste materials available to you.
We will concentrate only on the bin composting system.
This does not need to be fancy. It is best to let nature do its own thing in its own time when making compost.
Your choices are the smaller, commercial plastic bin (left), an easy-peasy wire-mesh in-situ bin (middle) or a larger, multi-bay bin (right).
Other household composting systems are:
Worm farming isn’t a very complicated undertaking, but the worms do benefit from a little care and attention if you are to gain the greatest benefit from them.
Bokashi is Japanese for “shading off” or “gradation” and is derived from the Japanese farmer’s practice of covering food waste with rich, local soil that contained the microorganisms that led to the waste being fermented for a few weeks, and then buried in the garden.