All of us know that composting works great for our garden and even for the environment. But, how many of us aware of the fact that even we can save food scraps for composting all year around even in winter season? Probably no one, so in this article let’s have a look of making compost in an easy way and the best part about it is you’ll have a lot more rich compost for your summer garden too.
Before that let’s see what is composting and how it works.
What Is Composting?
The process of micro and macro-organisms decompose natural materials such as fruits, vegetables, into earthly matter is Composting. Adding this compost to our garden has many uses such as it increases nitrogen in our soil, enriches the quality, and provides nutrients and minerals for the healthy growth of our plants.
You can add mostly dry porous materials also called green materials such as wood chips, corn stalks, fall leaves, hay and Brown materials such as vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, fruits scraps, egg shells, fresh leaves, plant cuttings, tea leaves for preparing the best compost.
Method For Preparing Compost:
Make sure you maintain the ratio of nitrogen and carbon while preparing this compost. According to many researches and studies, it has been proved that the ratio of these two compounds should be 30:1.
Mix two materials together (green and Brown Materials). For every pound of green materials add some brown materials to get the best consistency. Keep the pile moist, not completely dry or soggy and living with microbes.
How It Works:
During winter months, it’s important to turn the pile for twice in a week. This pile offers fresh oxygen to the bacteria that are critical to this process. The process will start automatically but it resumes during its thaws.
In optimal conditions, the pile heats caused by bacterial activity and the other organisms will easily covert those two materials into earthy compost.
Best Ways To Keep Compost In Winter:
Winter composting is just like summer composting but in slow motion, in colder seasons the process simply stalls and food scrapes freeze. When temperature rises above the freeze process resumes, the amount of food scrapes is considerable and definitely worth saving.
- Collect Kitchen Waste:
Just make use of scrapes of fruits, vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, processed foods, meat or dairy.
- Freeze The Scrapes:
Keep all your kitchen scrapes in a heavy duty freezer bag and place it in your freezer. Or blend all your kitchen scrapes in to small pieces and place them in heavy duty freezer bag in your freezer.
- Add Frozen Scrapes In Winter Bin:
When you see the freezer bag is full enough, add the contests to your winter compost bin. Make sure to add more browns to the bin, because a warm spell without enough browns will cause all the materials to ferment. Wash out freezer bag and reuse it again and again.
- Maintain It Properly:
When The Temperature is below zero for few days, check the bin. Use a shovel to combine all greens and browns and if you get warm spell then keep a lid until the freezer temperatures return.
That’s all for composting winter, hope you enjoyed reading it.