Composting used to be hard work, and something only done by gardeners. Nowadays, composting is so easy and it’s beneficial for everyone … including the future of our planet.
I’ve never been a green thumb or had much luck with gardening so I always thought composting was just too hard. Until my best friend went along to the hardware store and bought me a large compost bin for around $40.
So I decided to place the bin right beside the newly planted passionfruit vine, and literally plonked it on top. And from that day onwards I’m a compost convert. Yes, that vine you see growing around the compost bin is the biggest single passionfruit vine I have ever seen – it’s three times longer than the photo.
And it produces the largest and sweetest passionfruit I have ever tasted 🙂
It’s so simple and here’s my top 5 reasons why I love it so much:
- NO MORE SMELLY KITCHEN BINS! – why one earth would we want to put food scraps into the kitchen bin? It doesn’t make any sense when we can throw them in the compost bin. There’s nothing worse than the smell of rotting food in the bins and maggots crawling there way around it.
- COMPLETELY NATURAL FERTILISER – I layer biochar through my compost and anything you plant in it, will grow very quickly and it will be ten times larger than you expected it to be (I’m not joking). If you’re interested to learn more about biochar which is the only permanent solution I know of which increases the carbon, nutrients and PH level of the soil check out this link – www.tropicearth.com.au – and mention this post to receive a discount.
- SAVES MONEY ON POTTING MIX – I’m not a big gardener, but love to have pots full of fresh herbs and the compost mixture is perfect for this. I usually use 50% compost mix and 50% soil. If you look around you’ll see plenty of places to find free soil 🙂
- ECOFRIENDLY ~ EARTHFRIENDLY – If everyone recycled their food scraps back into the earth it would save a lot of time and energy spent in western countries collecting garbage and disposing of it in those big ugly landfills 🙁
- KITCHEN COMPOST BINS LOOK GREAT THESE DAYS! – Gone are the days of trying to work out which ugly plastic bucket I should use for my kitchen compost bin. I bought this beautiful 5L stainless steel compost bin which has internal carbon filters to keep the waste odourless.
One important point I haven’t noted, for those who are just starting out with composting is that I regularly add freshly cut grass to the top of my compost and it’s quite an integral part of the process as it neutralises smells and heats up to accelerate the composting process.
I would love to hear your what you’ve learnt and any tips or hints …. so feel free to leave your comments below.
Wishing you happy composting 🙂 x