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Organic waste, the so-called wet, if collected in a differentiated manner, represents a real resource; in fact, thanks to the wet it is possible to make compost at home.
The DIY compost, an increasingly widespread practice, is an operation that consists in creating a composting system to produce an excellent fertilizer for lawns and vegetable gardens. In this regard we will see a luxuriant growth of flowers, plants, fruit and vegetables, while reducing the production of waste in the home significantly.
DIY compost, the composter
To do the compost you need to get a composter; you can build it yourself (read the instructions to build the composter) or buy it in garden stores or nurseries.
The composter has an opening at the top and another opening, on one side or at the base. The upper one is used to load organic waste, while the lateral one is used to extract the compost produced.
The composter must have a bottom with a net at the base that allows aeration: in this way the wet waste can dry easily. The composter should be placed in an area not excessively exposed to sunlight and not too humid. Furthermore, the surface must be dry and perfectly flat.
DIY compost, useful information
- Not everything can go into the compost bin but there are lots of waste that lend themselves well to making compost such as used tea bags, read and chopped newspapers, leaves, cut grass and other garden waste.
- Cooked fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products, used handkerchiefs and diseased plants should absolutely not be placed in the composter
- During the composting phase, check that the compost is neither too wet nor too dry: to balance its consistency, it is necessary to add substances that dry or humidify the contents.
- To optimize the composting process, break the waste into pieces before placing it in the composter
ATTENTION: in order not to contaminate the compost it is not recommended to insert pruning residues where the plants have undergone a preliminary chemical treatment. The same is true for the lawn.
The compost it will be ready for use when it has assumed a color close to black: first, however, it must be mixed with the soil for the plants.