Ruby writes from the Philippines. Aside from writing, she enjoys organic gardening and researching anything useful and helpful.
When I started to think of the effects of pesticides and chemicals on my own body and health, I decided to make my own fertilizers at home. I discovered that using my kitchen wastes to make organic fertilizer is a great way to save and at the same time eat healthy produce. Besides, making organic fertilizer at home can be learned in an easy and simple way. Almost all food waste is disposed of in the trash or through a garbage disposal, which is a wasteful approach, especially because these materials may be used to make fertilizers.
Organic materials found in food waste can be composted to create organic fertilizer. It is a practical and environmentally beneficial method of getting rid of food waste in your kitchen. The stinky objects from the kitchen garbage may be transformed into a highly organic, nutrient-rich product that can be used to grow plants or flowers by using leftovers and other food waste.
The procedures listed below will help you create your own organic fertilizer from kitchen waste:
1. Examine your trash from the kitchen.
Peelings from fruits and vegetables are the most important food scraps to set aside. Fruits and vegetables that are too ripe, nuts, and eggshells should be saved. They are so valuable and are a treasure that you need to save for the plants in your garden. However, avoid adding grease, oils, fatty meats, and milk products to your composting materials as these can turn your pile soggy and smell bad. Place these things on a level, open area that is well-drained, and add some wood ash to speed up the composting process.
2. Increase the compost with more organic resources.
Sawdust is a good ingredient to add to the compost aside from your wood ash. This will hasten or speed up the composting process of your wastes. If you have any livestock, you may compost any extra manure. If you don't already have sawdust or dung on hand, you may get them at a store that sells gardening goods. In my country, many Lumber stores give their sawdust for free. All you have to do is inquire, then bring a sack or container with you to the Lumber store.
3. Gather some garden debris.
You must also add some organic waste to your compost in order to create a fertilizer that is rich in nutrients. Collecting leaves and grass clippings from your lawn will help you do this. All of the organic waste from your lawn will be blended together within the lawnmower bag as you mow it. Place all of the lawnmower's contents in your compost bin after removing them from the machine.
4. Prepare some compost bins.
You need some containers or bins for your composts. These you will use where you need to allow your scraps to rot or decompose for several months. These bins or containers must have holes around them to allow the air to pass through, Further, this will allow the water to pass through and avoid too much water on your composts. All your composts need is some kind of moist for decomposing purposes. It is also good to have your bins covered to prevent animals such as cats and dogs from destroying them.
5. Start a compost pile.
Combine the compost bin's existing yard trash with the prepared kitchen garbage. To thoroughly mix the compost and add oxygen to the mixture, the compost bin should have a handle you can spin as you rotate it. Additionally, check that the bin has some side openings to allow extra moisture to evaporate while you spin the compost. For maximum results, lawn care professionals advise turning the compost bin two to three times each day.
6. Spot the color of your newly made fertilizer.
Spotting the color of your newly made fertilizer is an important aspect. Wait until your compost turns into a black, soil-like substance. The compost is prepared to be distributed after it takes on this look. Seeing some vermi on your compost is a good sign that your fertilizer is a success. When you see the color of your fertilizer that looks like the one you see in the photo below. This tells you that you are ready to use your fertilizer. This means that your DIY fetilizer is a success. For this, you should congratulate yourself for something you have done.
7. Your finished fertilizer is ready for use on your garden.
You are ready to harvest and use your homemade organic fertilizer. Spread the compost over the garden fields you wish to fertilize with a garden fork. Apply the appropriate amount of compost, then wait for it to absorb and start having an impact on the regions where it has been applied. Another way of using your homemade fertilizer is to mix it with ordinary soil before planting something. This is more economical when it comes to using your treasured fertilizer. Your experience with this will give you pride knowing that you made it out of scratch without any cost or amount spent to make it. Congratulations!
Composting your kitchen waste has a number of advantages, including getting rid of undesirable trash and creating fertilizer for your yard. Check to see whether your leftovers and other food scraps would make fantastic compost before you toss them away.
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