DIY Compost – A Garden Must-Have
While many parts of the country have recently enjoyed some much needed rain, the land (and consumers) are still recovering from what has been dubbed ‘The Great South African Drought’.
To help you combat the inflated cost of living and create a financially secure future, Bardale Village endeavours to provide cost-effective and easy home DIY projects that will help ease your bank account.
In an attempt to elevate DIY gardening, lower your water usage and give back to the earth, let’s discuss a simple DIY compost bin design that can be placed either in your kitchen or outside (depending on how big you want the compost heap to be).
As easy garden projects go, creating your own compost heap is one of the best for improved gardening.
Finished compost is an organic fertiliser and soil conditioner that doesn’t burn plants like many chemical fertilisers do.
Adding compost to your garden elevates the overall texture of the soil, allowing it to retain and drain water much more effectively.
What You Need
When it comes to finding the perfect compost bin, it’s up to you to decide which size and material will work best for your situation.
Consider the compost bin location and make your decisions based on that. It’s also important to remember that you will need to punch multiple holes around the container, so choose your material type accordingly.
To prevent unwanted spills, be sure to find a tray that fits under your container. This tray can be wrapped in newspaper to quickly absorb spills.
You will also need a small amount of soil that will be added to the bottom of the container to form the base.
Building your Compost Bin
Once you have chosen your container, punch multiple holes at the bottom, on the sides and in the lid. This allows for air to circulate – speeding up the decomposing process.
With your compost bin resting on its tray, place a layer of soil into it. You can easily grab some excess soil from your garden, or buy a small bag of cheap top soil to get started.
Now you’re ready to start adding your fresh food scraps and dry materials to your compost bin!
It’s important to keep a 50/50 balance between ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ materials when composting.
Wet and Dry Materials for Composting
While many believe that compost heaps stink, if you add the correct materials and maintain a weight balance of 50% ‘wet’ greens and 50% ‘dry’ browns, smell won’t become a problem.
Green materials refer to the wet items that are added. These can include fruit and vegetable scraps, fresh grass and plant clippings, coffee grounds, and tea bags.
Brown materials are dry items and can include dry leaves, hay or straw, dried grass clippings, egg and nut shells, sawdust or woodchips, and shredded paper.
The following materials should be kept away from your compost bin:
- Eggs and dairy products
- Meat and fish
- Oily foods
- Diseased plants
- Materials treated with pesticides
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