“There is magic in decay. A dance to be done For the rotting,” ― Dan Chelotti
More than half of what is eaten we throw in trash as organic matter. If composted on time it can produce rich soil for our plants. Most of us do not segregate our dry waste from wet waste. This precious waste which can come into use again remains accumulating inside landfills. There is a simple process of breaking this food waste in the presence of air and water using micro organisms and small insects present in nature to form compost which is rich and valuable to plants as nutrients in soil.
Why to compost
- Our dustbin trash goes to a landfill and never breaks down.
- Composting gives back the nutrients in soil and help it in cleaning the soil and improving the texture of the soil.
- Making compost saves money reducing trash cost and decreasing the need to purchase chemical fertilizers.
- Organic produce is more beneficial to health.How to compost
- Look at the leftovers and food waste. Separate the dry waste from wet waste. Vegetable peels, fruits skins, leftover edible food; take all this and collect it in a pot or container.
- Now collect dry organic matter like dry leaves, sawdust or dried flowers from your vase and put all this in another container.
- Next take a large wide mouth container or bucket preferred earthen pot and drill five to six holes around it at different levels to let the air inside.
- Now line the bottom with a layer of soil.
- Add alternate layers of dry and wet food waste: one layer of wet waste of food scraps, vegetables and fruit peels over it a dry waste layer of straw, dried leaves and flowers or sawdust. Repeat this till all waste is layered.
- Addition of earthworms can make the process simpler.
- Cover this container with a lid or sheet.
- After three four days, use a rake to give this mixture a quick turn to provide aeration. If this is too dry, sprinkle some water so that it is moist.
- After three four months it will start forming compost that is dry, dark brown and crumbly and smelling of earth.
- If still warm to touch and has bits of food waste to show then it needs some more time to compost. Once it starts smelling like earth and is darker in colour it is ready for use.
- This compost is now ready to go back to soil and yield organic food.
- Help reduce your food garbage and keep your environment clean and green.