A Variety of Strategies: There are several ways to compost household and garden waste and all can work with a bit of commonsense and know- how.
- The oldest and easiest approach – the familiar ‘compost heap’ (a raked-together pile of organic materials). It’s not neat and takes up space – but it’s cheap and it works.
- ‘Open’ compost enclosures – usually 3-sided structures & perhaps the most effective. People often use 2 or 3 in a row – made of old gates, pallets, sheets of iron etc.
- Plastic compost ‘bins’ – popular, mainly because they don’t take up much space.
- Other approaches – include ‘Bokashi bins’, layered (or ‘lasagna’) garden beds, pit composting and vermi culture (or ‘worm farming’). All have their positives, negatives and specific methodologies!
The Compost Pile:
Compost ‘Bins’: Work well in nourishing a small garden or individual garden beds. They minimize space required with a composting strategy based on simple and straightforward routines.
Vermiculture (‘Worm Farming’):
Getting the Mix Right: Composting is basically a matter of getting the ‘mix’ right – the right combination of ‘greens’ (nitrogen), ‘browns’ (carbon), water, air & microbes… and time!