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Friday, October 31, 2008

A compost pit in your backyard

A compost pit works so well for effective recycling of soil nutrients..
When you eat fruit, there are going to be peels that you might not eat.
yet again, i do insist that you not waste the peels as much as possible..
 dont peel your apples or pears and other fruits that have very thin edible peels..The peels are where the vitamins, minerals and the fiber is at and we really need all those nutrients.

But ofcourse there are going to be peels which we absolutely cannot chew with comfort..for example the peel of a pineapple or a banana peel or a durian fruit peel(not that durian fruit is widely eaten in the US--but if any reader in thailand is reading this...this one is for you).. These peels nevertheless still contain nutrients. that are better returned to the soil of your own kitchen garden(btw if you have a backyard and dont have a kitchen garden yet, it is time to have one.Gardening is so healing an exercise that one must surely try it .)

A compost pit effectively breaks down all these peels into smaller bits that can then become soil over time and this happens so organically .
A compost pit needs to be sufficiently deep enough , around 3 feet deep ..
Keep disposing all your vegetable peels, egg shells and other food waste into the pit and each time cover your veggie garbage with a thin layer of soil.
DON'T discard processed food into this pit--processed foods contains artificial chemicals that are no good
Just so that there are no flies buzzing over this compost pit.. have a large leaf or palm front or reed woven lid to cover this compost pit.The cover of the compost pit must have air escapes available.Don't use a tight fitting lid,use something that allows for gas escape
Once the compost pit is 3/4ths can cover this pit up and seal it.Leave it sealed for months.
This sealing time allows for earthworms and microbes to consume the garbage and break them down.
Mark this sealed pit with a date of closing,so that you you know where to dig up later.
Meanwhile,open up another compost pit in another area of your garden.
This compost pit that you just buried?wait for a good month or two or more,then you can dig the soil from this pit and use it as a manure for your plants...

I hope you will look up more information about how to make a compost pit on the internet and try and have a compost pit in your home.
The earthworms are the ones that convert the peels into pure manure.. the soil naturally has earthworms , so not to worry to include earthworms before closing the pit..
If your soil is too full of artificial insecticides.. then your soil might be dead (as in , it has no natural earthworms or friendly insects.In such a case, do procure some live earthworms and include them in the pit before closing it up)
Happy composting.

Also,for people who don't have backyards and those who live in apartments,NOT TO WORRY.
Another method of composting is possible,but more about that method in another blog entry.

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