At times, I still find it a little challenging to explain ‘composting’ to people who have never heard of it before.
Today I happened to chance upon Compost Scoop’s page on “What Is Composting?”
I love how it has managed to explain composting in such clear yet concise detail:
“Composting recycles kitchen waste, lawn trimmings, and organic yard materials and turns them into rich nutrients for your garden or indoor plants. Composting is simply the decomposition of organic materials.
Successful composting creates an environment that helps the materials decompose more quickly. Organic materials decompose naturally, but the perfect compost bin will speed up the process.
Many incorrectly assume that compost is just dirt. Compost is not soil. Compost is a substance that acts as a fertilizer (enriching the soil) to grow hardier and healthier plants.
Before deciding to compost, there are a few choices to make:
- the type of container and style for your project
- the materials you put into your compost bin
- the location of your bin
Regardless of the decisions, converting your waste into compost happens the same way. Waste materials breakdown as they are digested by bacteria and fungi (microbes).
Microbes are the work horse of a composting system. They need air, water, and food like any other living creature. The right amounts of air, water and food help the microbes do their job.
A foul smelling compost bin is usually a result of inadequate air circulation within the waste material. Without air, the material will still breakdown but it will be done by anaerobic microbes (organisms that do not need oxygen) as opposed to aerobic (organisms that need oxygen).
If you smell an unpleasant odor coming from your compost bin or pile, turn the material or add material to create more room for the air to circulate. A good material to add may be wood chips or hay.
Composting is good for the environment and your garden — it eliminates the amount of waste you throw away and enriches the soil your plants grow in.”
We are also proud to say that we have two working compost bins at home, even though we live in a HDB apartment with no garden or backyard! You can follow the progress of our compost bins here.
Here’s how our compost bins look like outside our home:
Composting can be easy, fuss-free and very satisfying! Do feel free to leave any comment, feedback or enquiry. We would love to hear from you 🙂