COMPOSTING IS EASY – TRY IT TODAY!
Posted on January 21, 2015
I had started composting my kitchen scraps 12 years ago when we moved to Sydney, Australia. Back then we lived in an apartment. I started with a worm farm in my laundry but soon realised that this way of producing compost is not very effective – I used only a small part of my kitchen scraps. I decided to join a local community garden where I can have my own compost bin. For attendance of a sustainability workshop, my local council gave me a compost bin for free. I collected my kitchen scraps and once a week took them to the community garden. As a result of my composting, the amount of rubbish I threw in the red bin was reduced by half! I added leaves and a bit of soil from the community garden to the compost. My heart jumped with joy the first time I saw worms working hard to turn my kitchen scraps into compost! I was so proud with my compost, I never looked back.
Few years later we bought a house and I had the privilege to have a compost bin in my own backyard! This time in addition to the kitchen scraps, leaves and newspaper strips I could add the lawn mower clippings as well. “Hooray” I thought, now I can produce the best compost in the world! However, after a while I noticed that there were no worms in my backyard compost bin?! Obviously there was something wrong with my compost. I checked all kind of websites and books for advice. They all had long lists of dos and don’ts, percentages of green and brown…it sounded sooo complicated. See, I’m a lazy gardener and a busy working mum so I decided to ignore all the composting instructions and do it my way.