Some Dos and Don’ts :
- Maintain the Air and Moisture level in the compost bin : Adding more of green waste increases the moisture and thereby a possibility of stink and insects. However a correct level of moisture ensures that there is no stink. The microbes (bacteria) need air (oxygen) in the process of decomposing. Unavailability of air (oxygen) slows down the process. Hence it is advisable to stir the entire contents twice a week once the compost bin is 50% full.
- If you are covering the compost bin please ensure that the cover has holes in it for ventilation. You can also tie a cloth for covering the bin.
- If there is a lack of dry leaves and surplus of kitchen waste; you can dry the kitchen waste in sunlight for a day or two and then add it to the compost bin.
- All the materials added to the compost should be finely chopped/crushed.
- Put uncooked waste only (at least in the initial stage till you get familiar with composting).
- Egg shells are fine but do not add any meat.
- Avoid putting any kind of seeds in the compost.
- Do not add any citric fruits like lemon to the compost. (I’ll write about other ways in which you can use these citric fruits)
- It is advisable to add some ready organic compost to the compost bin as this ready compost contains bacteria culture. This will ensure the speedy conversion of the waste into compost.