Domestic Compost Is it a good time to do it?
We are always in time to make domestic Compost, but in these months of autumn the activity in our gardens or orchards slows down is a good time to start pruning and cleaning our plants or garden areas.
The most normal thing is that we will eliminate plants that are no longer productive but … DO NOT THROW THEM AND APPROVE TO MAKE YOUR DOMESTIC COMPOST.
What remains can we take advantage of to make Domestic Compost?
We can use all kinds of organic waste that we discard from home, garden or orchard.
At home, there are much waste that go to waste and that can be used for the subsequent benefit of our plants (fruit and vegetables in poor condition, fruit and vegetable skins, nutshells, carcasses of bones cut, remains of infusions …)
Organic Remains of the Home
From the garden we can take advantage of the pruned branches of the trees, leaves, weeds before the seeds appear, dry plants, grass …
On the other side of the garden, we will use plants that are no longer productive, dry plants, leaves, weeds before the appearance of seeds, medicinal plants …
As you can see there is a wide range of possibilities to be able to make Domestic Compost and fertilize the plants in a natural and ecological way.
How to get Compost?
The first thing you need is a container or composter, always with good aeration. Formerly it was also made in heaps, but it is much more comfortable and effective to use a Compostera.
If you want to make it, reusing materials that you have, you can use some wooden boxes, create a kind of cylinder with blocks or you can buy a Compostera that will be much faster and will allow you to extract it more easily.
At the base of the domestic composter we will place a trellis and on top of it a small layer of dry matter like; dry leaves, crushed branches, straw … And then add a little manure so that the micronutrients of this activate the development of the new Compost.
In the composter we will place all the remains that we obtain, it is very important to spread the remains well and do it in thin layers of dried remains (leaves, crushed branches …) and wet (grass residues, fruit skins …)
We will try to make the particles as small as possible. They can be chopped manually or with the help of a shredder.
Organic Waste Crushed by Biotrituradora
When we have all the remains inside it is necessary to go aerating and stirring frequently, for this we will use a compost aerator.
If we want to facilitate and accelerate the decomposition process we can help ourselves with completely ecological products such as Flower Rapid Compost. This product allows us to shorten the time in half, simply adding a little to each layer of organic remains that we introduce.
Wet the remains a bit but do not overdo the water.
The ideal temperature of the material inside the container is 35 to 55 degrees. We can help ourselves with a thermometer to check it.
For the extraction of the compost, we will start at the bottom, the decomposition process can last between five or six months. It is important to maintain an optimal humidity to facilitate fermentation, to check it we can take a handful and tighten it by hand, we must get it to drip around one or two drops, if we do not get it we will apply more water and, if on the contrary, we notice an excess water will stop moistening it for a while.
After the months mentioned above, the domestic compost should be dark, without bad odors and good waste (that we can not appreciate the original materials).
This must have become a loose matter, with a lower temperature and a limited humidity. We advise you to filter it before using it, for this, we will use a special screen for the compost, and the larger remains will be returned to the composter.
What benefits will our Compost plants obtain?
There are many benefits that we can find in this contribution of compost to the soil.
Apart from the benefits of recycling organic materials, we will provide our plants with good quantities of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, micronutrients and an improvement in sponginess, aeration, and retention of water and nutrients. All this in an ecological way and respecting 100% the environment.
As you can see, in an economic way we can have in our organic garden the best organic substrate that we could ever buy, since domestic organic waste will not be thrown away, making the most of its qualities and benefits