Quick Composting

Composting can be simple.  It’s something that just happens naturally over time as organic matter is broken down by soil organisms. The bacteria, fungii, worms and insects eat the organic matter and turn it into compost. The problem most people have with the process is it takes too long. They want their compost fast. So they buy compost starters, compost bins and compost tumblers. They make sure they have a pile with the proper carbon to nitrogen ratio of 25 to 1. And they turn the piles and water it in order to get the compost as quickly as possible. I always seemed like a lot of work to me. I’m a pretty lazy guy. As in I’m always looking for the simplest easiest way to do any job. I figure as long as it gets good results than easy is best.  As far as time is concerned I tend to measure time in terms  of how much of my time  I spend  doing a job rather than how much time passes chronologically.

So here in a nutshell is how I make “quick” compost.

I make quick compost by using anaerobic composting.  Using this method I can compost my kitchen waste in about 4 weeks with very little time spent doing it on my part.

The first part of the method involves doing some do it yourself bokashi composting. Bokashi composting is basically a Japanese method of fermenting organic matter aka kitchen waste using a mixture of of partially fermented wheat bran in a closed container with a drain. Over the period of 2 weeks the bacteria breakdown the waste and absorb any odor created in the process. The second part of the process involves burying the bokashi compost in your garden or a larger planter box. Most of the material will be broken down in 2 weeks. Just bury your fermented material under 6 – 8 inches of soil sand nature’s clean-up crew will do the rest.

That it is quick and simple way to compost and enrich your garden soil.

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