Home Made Compost is possible in crowded, urban tropical cities like Singapore.
This process of recycling kitchen green waste into compost for gardening , is good for plants, ourselves and the environment .
Look at how my edibles garden turned out with this “home made” super soil for yourself !
From THIS –
TO THIS – !!!
Update of this tree on July 17 2016 (16 months from when I start composting in this pot) –
This plant continued to thrive on its own without much fuss. Every six months, we still used this pot as an open composting bin. It remained amazing to witness how recycled raw greens for compost is good for gardens.
When I see how this little tree continued to prosper, its as if it talking to me, ” I am okay now. Thank you! ” 🙂
No other fertilizer was added in this pot, beside composting of peels and adding earthworms from the garden. Imagined this – whatever nutrients that this plant gained from the compost, allowed it to rejuvenate its drive to recover from a dying state. Then I often wondered what we will gain when we consumed edibles grown in this kind of natural compost ? Will we be able to rejuvenate ourselves as well?
SPEEDY COMPOST WITH THIS !
Rosemary and Curly leaf Parsley
Our MINT was grown without pesticide and in our own compost from recycling kitchen greens waste –
Two varieties of strawberry plants were weeded here from October 2015, to see how they fared in our special acidic compost in normal SG temperature.
So far, sick plants have recovered in them and survived our terrible haze and thunderstorms, to flower and bore fruits by December 2015.
In our household, recycling raw greens for compost bins is second nature! 🙂
What GREEN goes into our compost bin?
- Fruit Peels (banana, watermelon etc)
- Fruit or Vegetable Pulp (from juicer, raw)
- Soya bean pulp (Okara , 豆渣 / 豆腐渣)
- Used tea leaves or coffee grinds
- Egg shells – membrane inside egg shells can attract snails. Contrary to beliefs, snails love to eat egg shells. Having them on surface soil will attract snails to the plants and will not deter them from feasting. This need to be buried deep in outdoor gardens.
- Spoiling raw vegetables or fruits – remove seeds if possible as they may germinate in the compost bin
- No fish, meat or bloody innards as the scent of rot is foul and likely attract rodents
5 Easy Steps to prepare organic compost OUTDOORS –
- Cover the holes with net or any material (pebbles, sand) that allow liquid to drain while stopping soil/compost erosion
- Dried leaves or any organic dried matter from the garden
- Any soil – new, used, spent
- Add kitchen green waste
- Cover with soil and dried leaves, raise the compost container for aeration is a good idea.
Dried leaves, grass, used pets’ bedding (such as straw, hay), tree barks, shredded paper, cardboard can be used as brown for layering in compost bins.
Any soil (old, new, spent) can be used in the compost bin except soil that had been infected by pests such as roots mealy. We don’t re-used such soil because there may had been unhatched eggs in them.
What to do when it rained, and the compost become wet?
After a heavy rain, its good to “turn/stir” the pile and add dry soil . I usually top off with dried leaves to ward off fruit flies. The soil smell like orange, nothing foul.
In our tropical heat when there is a dry spell, our compost would be ready in 2 – 4 weeks.
A “ready” state is when the green waste are indistinguishable from each other.
When the compost is ready, the color of the compost is very dark and none of the peels and kitchen raw greens are distinguishable. This is my super soil which I used as a top soil in my pots.
2) For apartments’ corridors composting, please followed this group’s “Composting in Singapore” instructions.
There is no smell and not much presence of pests , it is neighbors’ friendly but takes longer to breakdown.
For an easy non fussy indoor method, Lim San had uploaded a new video in February 2017 –
Just for knowledge, the following video showed what happened in my compost bin when too much raw greens is added over brown ratio! Thus do keep Lim San‘s advice in mind (Brown : Green , 30:1 ratio) when starting a new compost bin! 🙂
We love to cook with edibles from our organic garden!
It is possible to grow edibles without using commercial fertilizers.
A small pleasurable plot of edibles, grown in nutrients dense compost by recycling waste, and shared freely with neighbors now. It was an empty corner where people abandoned plants and discarded pots, changed for the better.
Gardening has become my voice for sharing ideas to promote recycling in our communities and how every household can play a part to protect our environment. This is also a good way to teach the younger generation how to grow food from “own-made” super charged soil! 🙂
In addition, we took science out of the textbooks and learned how to protect our environment while growing delicious food.