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Easy composting–even for apartment dwellers

Easy composting–even for apartment dwellers


At one time I thought that living in an apartment would greatly limit my composting and growing capacity.  I now have enough decomposed kitchen waste mixed in soil to start an entirely new garden.    You might think, “how can do this if I live in an apartment.”  Believe me, you can.

Let me tell you my friends, I have not purchased one single bag of soil since I first started composting.   This equates to nearly 3 years of composting, recycling and growing flowers, plants and vegetables and two fruit trees in my patio garden without needing to spend an enormous amount of money on bags of soil.

I have made composting a part of my lifestyle and you can also.  If you are new to composting, it is advisable to place a compost container in your kitchen near your sink.    You will never forget to save your onion, orange and lemon peels, your apple skins, lettuces leaves, coffee grinds and tea leaves (and tea bags) if  a compost container  is located in a visible area where you might normally dispose your waste.

Once my kitchen compost container is full, I dig a hole in my outdoor compost bin, pour the compost waste,  and then cover it with soil.  Sometimes I pour the liquid right in the soil of plants instead of pouring all of the contents in the compost container.  This allows my plants to feed from organic waste–and they love it.

As soon as the compost is planted, Black soldier flies’ maggots get to work to break down the solid waste.  Do not fret, because they are actually beneficial.  They help speed up the decomposing process.  These are not regular house flies.  House flies will not  lay larvae unless they have easy access to stinky-rotten-waste.  Don’t let this happen!  You do not want fly maggots to infiltrate your garden.   Burying your compost is advantageous because the soil will absorb any liquids, adding nutrients to your mix, when it is covered,  potential odors will be eliminated.  You will need to have holes for aeration.   Last but not least, always keep dry soil nearby to cover your newly placed compost waste.

Notice the richness of the added soil compared to the soil already in the container. Fresh compost materials were also added to this pot. The direct decomposing will add nutrients to the Pomegranate tree.

You will not believe how rich your soil will be once the cycle has finished.  It will be very rich, dark any earthy.  Earth worms and night crawlers will flourish.  There is a sweetness to this soil .
Your friends who are interested in starting an organic garden will gladly appreciate  a huge bag of rich black soil made from your compost project.   If you really want to make this gift special and ready for planting, try filling a rice bags (or coffee bag) with compost and try adding layers of rocks.

These bags can be used to grow food in tight spaces.  Please see this video for step by step directions:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxDD2FYviho&feature=related

See the Youtube video listed about the “Phytopod Container Garden”

Composting is the way to go if you are a garden lover, or environmentally conscientious.  There are many benefits, and you will never have to purchase soil again for your small garden.

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Extra info:
Rice bag – How to
http://thetanglednest.com/2010/02/upcycled-burlap-bags-in-the-garden-and-farewell-to-grass/

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Posted by on October 13, 2012 in Gardening, nature and gardens, Sustainability

 

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