Composting is a means by which many successful gardeners have proven, time and time again, as a natural way of keeping their plants thriving. It has been around for years, and gardeners swear by this as the secret ingredient to lush plants and bountiful produce.
Even homeowners are starting to adopt the practice. It helps transform the kitchen waste into nutrient-rich plant food and helps the environment at the same time - a win-win situation if you ask me.
But before you start collecting every bit of scrap in your kitchen, It's best to learn the different types of composts first and find out which will suit your needs best. Knowing what kind of composting your garden needs will help deliver better results.
- Compost Tea
A type of compost that producers fertilise for vegetables, houseplants, and flowers. The method involves soaking compost in water; hence the name.
- Organic Compost
Mostly used for gardens, horticulture and organic farming, this is the natural process of decomposition or the breaking down organic matter.
- Bokashi Compost
The compost can be used to fertilise houseplants. As opposed to Organic Composting, this type involves the use of anaerobic microbes in the process of decomposition.
- Ericaceous Compost
This is for lime-hating plants such as azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons. This is the key ingredient if you have infertile soil.
- Compost Worms
Derived from the name, you'll need to use worms. The process creates a highly fertile soil.
Different types of composts will require different materials to create them. Not to worry, as we have provided a list of the materials you'll need for each compost - step by step guide included.
When it comes to composting, you can't throw scraps you don't want. It pays to know what and what not to put into your compost bin. Depending on the type of compost you plan to form, different organic materials will be needed. Before starting your compost project, we highly advise learning what not to include in your compost. Composting inappropriate materials can introduce harmful bacteria into your plants and pose a variety of problems.
Proper maintenance includes knowing what your greens and browns are to create excellent fertiliser for your garden. For better quality, it's recommended that you shred your materials before putting them in the pile. Monitoring the heat and moisture of your compost, while stirring them now and then, will create a well-maintained compost. You'll see the difference in your flowers or plants.
Feel like you need to know more? In our full post, we answer the most frequently asked questions and how to identify your greens and browns.