It’s been a week since we last posted an update on our two compost bins. To have a quick overview of the previous update, click here. Alternatively, you can view chronological updates on our compost bins by following the “lazy” experiment.
Before sharing any details, we would like to (proudly) declare that both bins have been completely neglected by us once again – since 28 April! We wanted to see how “lazy” we could get with our composting method (hence the “lazy” experiment), by assuming the unmotivated recycling/composting attitudes of most Singaporeans today.
The result? It is possible, but only with the right preparations in place! 😉 For more information, visit our ‘Compost!‘ page.
Just yesterday, our left and right compost bins turned 4 weeks old and 6 weeks old respectively:
If you are new to this site and wondering what’s all the deal about hay, click here. We can very confidently tell you that with regards to composting in a completely fuss-free way, hay is a big deal 🙂
And now on to the best part!
We found a white stem which seemed to have grown and wound itself inside the right bin! (Note: So far, we only had mushrooms growing inside the left bin as seen above.)
By the way, some of the pictures have been edited for lighting and contrast to give you a clearer view. So don’t panick if they look like a freak show, especially for the white “bud” picture above – even I thought it looked like an alien aquarium!
Well finding this white stem was good news! It’s a sign that more fungus is growing (finally) in our pretty stasis right bin. For more information about mushrooms/fungus and why they are good for composting, click here.
Next, we noticed that the paper products (e.g. newspapers) and leaves have become increasingly porous as they gradually break down into compost:
Keep in mind that both bins are completely odourless (despite the look of the pictures you saw earlier), and have no flies or pests (except for two to three negligible small flies).
Oh wait! We spotted this:
Seems like our all-too-familiar housefly came to visit one of our bins. Completely normal, I would say. And it was so negligible that we weren’t too sure if it had eventually stayed or gone away.
Next, if you were to scrutinise the contents inside both bins, you could actually see some really really reeeeaally tiny insects/bugs. Personally, they were as small (or smaller) as pinheads. Likewise, this is normal and completely expected for a compost pile – you get bigger bugs in a backyard or garden! What’s most important is that they remain in the bin as observed, and that they do not emerge as pests.
Moreover, these tiny organisms are perfect in helping the compost materials break down into soil. I wish I could say to them “thank you” in bug language.
Lastly, we noticed that the materials in both bins have shrunk in volume overtime. This is expected, because when materials break down (decompose), they lose moisture and structure. In other words, once the composting process is complete, you won’t find food scraps, newspapers or other wastes in their original form. You should only find dark brown soil-like material that smell earthy.
Amazing, isn’t it? We can be lazy in composting, and still yield encouraging and wonderfully fuss-free results. As mentioned earlier, once your compost bin has been set up well in the beginning, all you need is to continue dumping in your ‘greens’ and ‘browns’, cover the top with hay each time, and simply leave it uncovered till everything breaks down into fertiliser!
Can we all say hurray?