With up to 50% of waste in rubbish bins coming from unused food, many households are looking for ways to reduce their food waste. It can seem hard to know exactly where to start, so we have prepared some simple steps to get started on your composting journey.
Start a kitchen bench top basket for waste
It can be hard to get into the habit of composting if you are used to throwing everything in the bin. It’s a good idea to have a small bucket with a lid, on the kitchen bench that you can use to store all of your food waste that is generated when you prepare your meals. It can be a great idea to stick a sticker to the side that mentions the kind of foods that you can throw into the compost and any items you particularly don’t want thrown in, such as plastic packaging.
Buy a worm farm
One of the best ways to reduce the space that you need for a compost bin, reduce the odour associated with composting and speed up the decomposition process is to introduce worms into your compost. While you can do this in a ‘normal’ compost bin, by buying a specialist worm farm like the ones that are sold by Kookaburra Worm Farms, you’ll get the most efficient distribution and contact between the worms and the compost material, so the worms will stay happy and chew through the compost as quickly as possible.
Keep feeding the worms
It’s important to keep up the supply of compost to the worms so that they stay happy and healthy. Of course, worms are relatively hardy, so if you are going to be away for some time, it is a good idea to fill the bin with some extra scraps and move it to a cool location. As long as the material stays moist, worms can switch from eating nearly half their body weight each day to a much-reduced diet while you are gone. Be sure to seal up the compost though, as you may find that other critters such as rats try to break in if the bin is left unattended for an extended period.
Drain the bin
After a while in use the worm farm can produce two types of fertiliser: solid worm castings or high fertile top soil (yes worms make top soil), which can be mixed with the soil as a solid fertiliser (which are deposited around the top of the worm farm). One can also make worm cast tea by mixing a handful of solid worm cast in a bucket of
water and then using the worm tea as a liquid fertiliser for all types of plants.
If you are curious about getting started with a worm farm in your household and have more questions, why not contact the staff at Kookaburra Worm Farms to get some specific advice to suit your home?