Make The Earth Better with Home Composting

Food waste is produced by every house. Most of us simply throw the waste in a dumpster or store them in the bin to dump the next morning. Instead of throwing them out we can make great use of the waste and make something really useful out of it.

Many of us have a home or kitchen garden in our house. The word organic is now a really popular topic among everyone. Moreover, most people want to grow their own organic vegetables, as the ones available in the market are way too expensive. Growing organic vegetables with your own compost are cheap and easy to do. 

Various types of pollution are increasing at an alarming rate day by day. One of the most unbearable pollutions is air pollution. Though the problem cannot be eliminated entirely, it can be minimized by regulating the waste we produce on a regular basis. Composting provides an opportunity to return our waste to nature in a sustainable way.

People are now getting more interested in home compost because of its unlimited benefits and affordability. The whole process needs minimal effort and the benefits are endless. It also helps to keep nature green and healthy. You can make compost at home on your own by following some simple steps. However, you cannot mix everything together at once. You have to know what needs to be mixed with what. Some bins are also available in the market which will help to store the ingredients in a natural way.  To get a clear idea about compost ingredients, have a look at the following suggestions:

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Green Mix

As we mentioned before, to make good compost you have to separate and combine the ingredients on the basis of their benefits and compatibility. Green materials include

  • Skin or seeds of fruits 
  • Filtered coffee beans
  • Root, skin, or waste parts of vegetables
  • Stale rice or noodles
  • The shells of nuts or eggs
  • Foods that are made of grain, oats, or cereal
  • Seeds or shells of spices 
  • Scraps of herbs

Importantly, never mix in another part of the egg except for the shell. 

Brown Mix

The ingredients which are more filled with carbon is the key component of the brown mix, such as

  • Torn parts of cotton clothes
  • Used tea bags or boiled tea leaves
  • Parts of a broken tree
  • Fallen leaves of indoor plants
  • Flower panels
  • Pages of old newspaper
  • Pieces of wooden furniture
  • Ashes or charcoal made from burning wood

Do Not Mix Everything

To bring the best result, you have to classify the components. First, you have to identify the ingredients which come from the soil. Mainly the ingredients which are extracted from trees such as peels or excess parts of plants, herbs, seeds, crops, etc.

Ingredients which are not extracted from trees are not always secure to mix together. For example, rotten meat, fish, bones, skull, blood, intestine, etc. Fatty foods are also not ideal to use in compost. The ingredients may do more harm than good. 

Ways To Start Home Composting:

  • First, you have to choose a bin, can, or bucket which will help to store the compost without spreading any odor. To contain the odor, do not forget to use something with a cover or lid. 
  • To ensure proper oxygen circulation make 4 to 6 holes in the sides and one or two holes in the bottom of the bin.
  • Do not keep the bin in a hot place. Place the bin in a cold and dry place. It will be best if the bin can be kept near the home garden.
  • Arrange a sufficient water source for the bin.
  • To protect from animals, it will be wise if you keep the bin in a bamboo crate. 
  • The compost has to be made of one-third green mix and the rest will be a brown mix. Mix the ingredients layer by layer.
  • Do cut or chop the big ingredients into small pieces or else they will not mix properly with the other components.
  • After mixing the green mix, pour some water into the mix.

The mix will turn into a hard, fragile, dark brown substance once it is ready to use as compost. If you do not have any garden of your own, you should put your daily wastes into the local compost basket. Many localities have created this facility to manage their wastes more efficiently and in an eco-friendly way. 

The benefits of homemade compost are endless. However, we are discussing some of them to draw your attention more to the simple eco-friendly tasks:

Show Some Love To The Soil

Like our skin, soil also has to balance its PH level. To maintain the standard PH level and retain moisture using homemade compost is the best choice. Plants will grow fast and provide more fruits or vegetables if there is the proper amount of nutritional ingredients in the soil. Homemade compost helps to reduce the deficiencies in the soil and maintain the proper balance of all ingredients.

Natural Water Purifier

The homemade or natural compost which is used in the soil does surprisingly help local water sources as well. When the soil absorbs the water of the compost, the excess water in the soil goes down to the further layer of the earth and refills the nearby water sources with revived natural water. 

The water is naturally filtered as it flows through natural layers in the form of compost, mud, and rocks. Local rainfalls are created from these natural sources which indicate natural compost has a tremendous contribution to the local rainfall.

Natural Sea Cleanser

Every source of water mixes up again in the ocean at some point. In the last few years, seawater is getting more polluted by mixing with water containing chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The harmful chemicals create acid in the water which is polluting the water more than before. As we have mentioned in our last point, homemade compost works as a natural filter which means the water will mix into the ocean in a purified version.

One of the most shocking and sad news is we already lost one-third of the usable land as a result of increasing pollution and destruction. Every year, many countries of the world experience a flood. Many lost their valuable lands due to river erosion.

Maintain the Proper Balance

Destruction takes place when the earth fails to penetrate properly; water pulls down the soil of the exterior part and falls down to a deeper layer which weakens the land as a result. On the other hand, homemade compost works as an absorber that maintains the right flow of the water in the ground. As a result, the upper layer of the ground remains in the place where it should be. 

Minimize the Cost

Though the waste itself does not incur any expense, If you want to remove the trash from the side of the road in your locality, you have to follow some steps. First, you have to arrange bins, place the bins in front of every house, and finally gather the trash on a regular basis. A lot of effort, isn’t it? It also costs a lot to the municipal authorities every year, because to do the cleaning they have to appoint people and pay for transportation.

A single-family alone can minimize the cost for the whole community if they start composting their trash. Home composting can become more popular if the municipal authorities arrange for awareness programs about pollution and arrange seminars to enlighten the local people about the benefits of natural compost. 

Turn Waste into a Resource:

If we find out the number, it will be shocking how much food we waste on a regular basis. Home composting will help you to realize how much food you are throwing away unnecessarily and you can cut down your next month’s grocery list. It will help you secure more money and consume the proper amount of food. After a certain time, you will notice the garbage is not piling up anymore as it used to and it will minimize trash expenses as well.

Due to several natural calamities and excessive use of chemicals, the earth is becoming less fertile around the world. The soil is losing essential nutrients. The fewer nutrients soil produces, the less healthy fruits and vegetables which are causing more harm than good to the human body. 

Natural compost helps to retain necessary PH levels and nutrition in the soil which results in more healthy and nutritious foods for all.