Why You Should Home Compost And What To Compost

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If you like gardening or want to start, composting at home can be a great choice. A homemade compost will help your plants to grow well and in harmony with the environment. It will also help you use the wet kitchen waste and save money by using readily available ingredients.

What Is Compost

Compost is the decomposed material that is left in the waste bins. If you throw your wet kitchen waste (such as fruit and vegetable peels, tea leaves, leftover cooked food) in the bin and leave it for a day or two, the residue will be something like compost. The process takes place when micro-organisms and aerobic bacteria break down the wet waste in such a way that it can further be used.

Why You Should Compost

  1. High In Nutrients – Natural compost, the type that you can create using your wet kitchen waste, will contain a host of very good minerals and nutrients that will act as the best natural fertilizer for your plants. Also, when you create compost at home, it will help to retain the moisture, in fact better than the soil you may buy from the market for your plants, and will add to your plants’ health.
  2. Saves Money And Keeps Air Cleaner – You can use the homemade compost for your indoor as well as your outdoor plants, and the best part is that it will help you use all your money to its full worth, and not waste even the scraps and peels. Also, it will save you money when you don’t have to buy additional soil or chemical laden fertilizers from the market, and will keep the atmosphere (including the immediate air in your home or garden) cleaner and safer.
  3. Multipurpose – You can add the compost as a top soil to your already existing plants, use it as a base soil for new plants that you will plant, or just use it as a fertilizer.

What You CAN Compost

Here are all the things that you can safely turn into compost at home (check and you will be surprised to know what all you can turn into compost):

  • Ground or shredded coffee and tea bags (used as well as unused)
  • Grains such as pasta, bread and such
  • Egg shells
  • Cotton such as clothes, rags and such, even silk material, wool
  • Shredded cardboard
  • Water from aquarium
  • Hair and nail trims and even pet hair
  • Scraps, peels, seeds, rinds and such of vegetables and fruits
  • Trimmings from house plants
  • Ribbon, thread or ribbons made of natural material
  • Leather scraps
  • Dried or fresh leaves
  • Pencil shavings
  • Brown paper bag
  • Organic soap bits
  • Seafood shells

What You CANNOT Compost

Here are all the things that you should definitely avoid adding in your compost pile:

  • Any type of meats or dairy products (preferably not), especially as they will attract flies and worms and also create a strong odour
  • Onion or garlic – even though they will decompose, they can prevent beneficial bacteria and insects from coming near your plants
  • Any inorganic material such as rubber, plastic, acrylic, polyester

It is possible that you end up making more compost than you need. If that happens, don’t throw it away. Instead, you can add it as a top soil to existing plants or even add it around plants in your residential complex.

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