|Written by grannygoodearth|
Compost in Your Kitchen
Whether you are an apartment gardener or an outside gardener who can't find your compostÂ pile which is buried under the snow, you can make humus indoors to feed your house plantsÂ and reduce some of the garbage going to the landfill.
Kitchen composting is a natural process for anyone gardenerÂ trying to go "green". We all produce garbage! Egg shells, potato peels; and orange rinds can be composted into humus filled with nutrients your plants need.
Will it smell? Compost is made by bacteria that converts the organic materials (like apple peelings)into humus. Two kinds of bacteria are involved in this conversion: aerobic-which thrive on oxygen and anaerobic bacteria which don't. It is the anaerobic bacteria that causes the bad smell. But if you stir your compost every twenty-four hours, you will keep the air circulating throughout and eliminate the formation of odors.
Begin with a gallon milk jug or some waterproof container. If you are going to use a milk jug: close off the spout, turn it on its side and cut a flap large enough so that you can reach inside with a spoon.
Add those peelings, plate scrapings, carrot tops and even coffee grounds. To speed up the process, cut the large pieces into smaller ones. Spread the first day's ingredients evenly on the bottom of the container. Cover with a fine sprinkling of soil.
The next day, stir the first layer so that the materials on the bottom are now on top. Add this day's leftovers and sprinkle more soil.
Repeat the process daily. don't pack the material in because you'll cut off the air supply and those nasty anaerobic bacteria will take over!Within 3-4 weeks, the contents of your container will look like coarse dirt that is filled with nutrients and can be spread around the base of your houseÂ plants. Granny Tips If this process takes too long, you can also make "compost tea" by filling your blender with the amount of water you normally use to water your plants. Now add one fourth as much garbage as you have water. Mix at high speed until the organic matter is very fine and is suspended in the water. Water your plants immediately before the organic material settles. You can use mix your humus with potting soil when potting or transplanting your plants.