Composting means to recycle your food! If we recycle our food waste, and we recycle the regular dry "recyclables" (like glass, plastic, metals & paper products), then you will find very little going to landfills. Furthermore, composting is amazing for our soils - and soils give us life.
Why is composting so important? - By composting the organic waste you produce, you significantly reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. Landfill space in South Africa is fast running out and organic waste has been banned from landfill in the Western Cape by 2027 - When organic matter decomposes at landfill it produces large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas Methane, which contributes to global warming - Toxic leachates from the decomposing matter pollute our waterways and pose health hazards to nearby communities. - Organic waste is a valuable resource! It can be transformed into nutrient-rich compost, animal feed and bio-gas.
So whether you have a compost heap in your garden, use Bokashi or have hungry worms - these products will make your composting easy.
Wanting to contain your food waste and garden waste into a nice looking composting bin, that helps speed up the composting process?
Then, this Garden Composter is perfect for you.
How does it work?
1) Find the right point for your Garden Composter, remember the composter should be in an easily accessible place. 2) When setting up the bin, secure it by digging a hole approximately 8cm deep, place the bin inside the hole and cover the bin lip with the soil. 3)Cover the bin with the lid (the cover is lockable if it is turned so the arrows are not aligned. Unlocking it is doing the opposite). 4) Installation of the bottom door – slide the door down into the grooves on either sides of the opening in the bin. Side it upwards to remove the door. 5) On the underside of the cover, there is a compartment to hold pest repellent (this is optional to use). Gently squeeze the end tabs together to remove or install the compartment.
What to include in your Composter:
* You will need an even balance of green waste (like lawn, food scraps) and brown waste (like leaves, twigs). * Most food waste from your kitchen can be added, as well as garden cuttings, leaves, straw, twigs, newspaper. * To ensure you don’t attract rodents, leave out meat waste and dairy products. Also, exclude plants that have been sprayed with chemicals. * It is not necessary to add water or activating agents, although if it looks very dry, add more “green waste” or add a little water. * Once a week, turn the compost mix inside using a stick or garden fork. * After 3 to 6 months, the content should start turning into “dark soil” and have an earthy smell – compost will be ready to use in your garden.