The idea of home kitchen gardening is to have fresh vegetable readily available and to avoid buying vegetable that has been exposed to uncontrolled use of pesticides and of course to budget our kitchen expenses. If we are buying fertilizer for our garden this is adding to the cost and also this does not help the soil as we will have to continue using fertilizer to get good results. Therefore it is a good practice to return the nutrients to the soil by way of adding organic matter into it.
In this entry I would like to share my experience of making organic compost at home.
What is compost
Compost is a mixture of decayed organic matter that can be mixed with soil to make soil rich. It is safe, with no associated cost and the benefits are great. Your vegetable plants will look healthy and full.
How to make compost
|Compost pit ready to be filled|
What to put in the compost
|Filling the compost pit|
We can also put in soft branches into the pit after pruning trees in our compound but make sure that we chop then into as small pieces as we can otherwise they may take a longer time to decay. If the pit is too dry put some water in it once in a while. This will speed up decay.
|Compost ready for use|
Once the matter has totally decayed and formed rich manure, dig it out and mix it with soil to prepare a new garden bed. Normally the compost would contain a lot of small insects so it is not advisable to put it directly in the existing garden or on the plants on the same day. We can spread the dug out compost somewhere and then later on use it in the existing garden.
Keeping compost at home is a good habit. Cultivate this habit into family members . In fact, always emphasize on reuse, and recycling. Let us start keeping a container in our kitchen now for kitchen waste and prepare a compose pit.