This workshop we talked about one of our favourites: compost. Though it’s not the sexiest part of the garden, it’s an essential part of what makes it self-sustaining: it closes the loop, turning organic waste into organic dope. We talked about three kinds of composting: compost bins, worm farms and Bokashi bins.
Although they have different strategies and end products, they all produce plant goodness. Compost bins work by aerobic microbes breaking down kitchen waste to produce a concentrated source of plant nutrition, compost. Worm bins utilise worms to digest and convert kitchen waste into castings and liquid gold that are great, strong fertilisers. Bokashi bins offer a more compact composting solution that uses anaerobic fermentation to rapidly decompose kitchen waste into premature compost. For more info on composting, check out the gardening guide under gardening guides.
We also set up our worm farm after the worms went on a summer vacation to cooler hideouts - thanks to all our babysitters!
Thanks to all our kitchen waste donors over the years. With your help, we’ve saved 650kg of kitchen waste going to landfill since we’ve started (and probably more due to data collection mishaps)! If you’re ever around, please also give the compost bins a good turn to add some oxygen in there.
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