In today’s post we tell you step by step how to prepare compost from food leftovers. Before getting down to work with compost, it is important to be clear about what urban solid waste is. These are the different types of waste that come from homes, shops, offices and services. They are usually waste paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metals, wood, textiles and organic matter.
Compost is a fertilizer obtained from plant or animal matter. It is the best way to supply the soil with nutrients. To make compost you can take advantage of food leftovers that would normally end up in the garbage. So, it’s also a good way to reduce food waste.
How to make homemade compost? Step by Step
Step 1. Prepare the “composter”
You will need a composter, a container with capacity. You can buy one, or better yet, you can build your own from recycled materials: a wooden box, a pot, a planter that you no longer use, etc. It is important that this container is not in direct contact with the ground.
Once you have built your container, you will need to make holes in the base of the container. Next, you can add a first layer of soil and a second layer of straw, sawdust or branches left over from pruning. It is very important that you alternate layers of wet waste with layers of dry waste so you will prevent the waste from rotting and smelling bad.
Step 2. Add your organic waste
It is important that at home they understand that the comopostador is not a rubbish, but a container in which to add organic materials that will later create life. On the other hand, it is also essential to know which foods cannot be composted and which ones can. It is recommended to avoid adding animal products such as meat and fish, foods that include fats, cooking oils, chemicals, cooked food, animal carcasses and dog and cat detritus to the compost. Food scraps that can be used to make compost are: eggshells, fruit and vegetable peelings, fresh straw, wet grass, coffee, etc.
Step 3. Water the compost
Your homemade compost will need a certain degree of moisture to be able to produce that compost or fertilizer that will enrich the food you grow. Make sure not to flood the composter, what you are looking for is to moisten all the layers that you have been adding.
In nature nothing “dies”, everything is transformed to give life to more nature. Something that we should take as an example to carry out an effective circular economy. From now on, don’t forget to use leftover fruit and vegetables to turn them into compost.
Source: Diario Ecologia by diarioecologia.com.
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