11th February 2017: I received a compost bin from EcoKnights and Shell’s “Garbage to Garden Composting Project”. Many thanks to both EcoKnights and Shell.
19th February 2017: Finally got the materials I wanted for composting and managed to find the time to setup the compost bin.
My intention is for this blog is to record the composting process using this compost bin from setup to finished product.
9th April 2017. Harvested the first batch of compost from this compost bin and started a second batch.
15th May 2017. Unfortunately the mini lemon fruit spotted on 7th May has turned brown. Sad but not unexpected. Hope for better next time…
The previous mini fruits from the flowers seen on 5th May is still green…
15th May 2017. This morning’s goodies: kitchen waste and loads of wheatgrass mats.
Kitchen waste first…
Followed by the wheatgrass mats.
14th May 2017. This morning’s goodies: kitchen waste, coffee grinds and crushed dry leaves (in the white plastic bag).
Kitchen waste and coffee grind first.
Crushed dry leaves…
This afternoon’s goodies: kitchen waste and paper….
Kitchen waste first…
Followed by more paper a little later on followed by a wet down…
4th May 2017. While looking at my recently acquired and potted Morianga, I came across many plantlets making their way up from the compost I used through the mulch (thin layer of cut palm and banana leaves).
I recognise these plantlets as tomato plants. I grow tomato plants and compost spoilt tomatoes, so it is not surprising that tomato seeds are in my compost. Urban composters have to realise that some of the time, if not the majority of the time, having a small compost bin and slowing adding compostables bit by bit will often result in a cool compost bin: one where the temperature of the composting material does not rise beyond the temperature where seeds are deactivated. Even if the temperature can reach the deactivation temperature, most times our urban compost bins cannot hold the temperature for long. According to what I understand, for seeds to be deactivated, the seeds must be exposed to high temperatures for a certain amount of time for the seeds to be deactivated. Sadly for most of us urban container composters, it may be difficult for us to get all seeds deactivated in our compost bins.
Oh well, one just needs to be a little more hardworking in weeding! And besides, more greens for the compost bins! 🙂
13th May 2017. Morning add: kitchen waste and a wheatgrass mat.
12th May 2017. Morning composting materials: the usual wheatgrass mats and kitchen waste.
Before the additions, a look at the inside of the bin: loads of white fungi on the wheatgrass mats added yesterday.
Added the new mats followed by the kitchen waste.
Followed by some crushed dry leaves plus a some green ferns.
Plus the usual wet down…
Noon addition: just some garden waste and a small quantity of leftover white rice…
I estimate that the bin is about 80% filled by height. My guess is that it’s due to the recent introduction of the wheatgrass mats which are dense and less subject to compaction.
Pre-dinner add: kitchen waste.
Post-dinner add: fish bones! 🙂
10th May 2017.
Morning composting materials: wheatgrass mats and kitchen waste.
Kitchen waste first….
Followed by leftover oats porridge later in the day…
Followed by leftover barley grains…
Too lazy to add the usual carbon topping… 😉