Urban Leaves India: Home composting

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Home composting

We all know how crucial it has become for all of us to compost our waste at Home. Amrut Mitti takes time and has to be made batch by batch. So does this mean we dont start composting our waste, till Amrut Mitti is ready?
No.Not really. Here is a very simple technique that we at Urban Leaves have adopted.

It's easy, maintenance free!
No need to buy any earthworms or any other stuff. Just keep sprinkling some red earth in the pots from time to time. Once in a way if you feel that the waste has become too wet, add newspaper, dry leaves, and soil to cover it completely.Keep stirring it from time to time.
These are magical pots which never fill! when one pot is full, shift to the other and rest the first one. Come back to it, when the second one looks full. As the compost matures, rate of decomposition increases.
One fine morning, after three months remove the compost, take a fist full and smell it's heavenly fragrance!
Once your Amrut Mitti is ready it can handle your kitchen waste at home. Till then this is a good way to begin.
All the best!


23 comments:

  1. FROM WHERE WILL I GET THESE HUGE POTS THAT TOO WITH A HOLE AND STAND. PLS. GUIDE AS AM VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN URBAN FARMING. HAVE GROWN CHILLY PLANTS CURREY LEAVES PUMPKIN AT HOME.

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    1. Pots can be sourced from kumbharwada at Dharavi or any other potter. U can place an order with him and get it made. we have sourced a few small pots for our volunteers at MNP. If u are in Mumbai u can collect some from us.

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  2. yes please do tell us where to find these urban pots for composting.....

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  3. Actually any earthen pot will do. Size will depend on the amount of waste generated in your house.

    In Mumbai you will get it kumbharwada, Dharavi.The stand will have to be bought separately.

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  4. can we add waste cooked food also to the pot?

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  5. Yes you can, please wash off the spices and then add.

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  6. why earthen pot only why not any other container
    skraghu9@rediffmail.com

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  7. You can use other containers provided they are well aerated. In fact old recycled tubs can be used, by making/drilling holes at bottom and on sides.
    However earthen pots are my favourite as they look good as well as most convenient.

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  8. Do the pots need to be in sunlight?

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  9. the flowers which we use for puja everyday at home can tht be added too instead of throwing away.

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  10. I have successfully made my home compost in plastic containers. Put good amount of holes around and you are good to go !!

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  11. I do not have a place where direct sunlight comes. I have a window area where sunlight comes only in summer. Can I create compost? and grow some vegetables.

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    1. Yes you can create compost. U can grow a few herbs that don't need much sunlight.

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  12. Hi, I do not have a place where direct sunlight comes. I have a window area where sunlight comes only in summer. Can I create compost and grow some vegetables? I have grown pudina, karela, celery in normal soil without compost. Also How to do compost during rainy season?

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  13. hi,
    Thanks a lot for the inspiration. The video helps a lot. I have begun composting. But I have two problems. (1)My work in progress (WIP) compost is stinking. (2) The WIP compost is attracting a lot of small flies. Please help.

    Regards,
    Savita

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    1. Sorry for the too.... late....delayed reply.somehow missed your comment.
      Your compost may be too wet. Pl check the same and ensure that it gets air. It stinks when it becomes anaerobic.Add dry leaves or paper to absorb the excess water.

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  14. Where can one get worms for composting? I've recently moved to Mumbai and have just started urban composting and would really like to try it with some worms. Other suggestions for where to source materials are also welcome. I'm located in the lower parel area, but don't mind traveling for something special. Thanks.

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    1. we have not really tried with worms. As u know our focus is on Amrut Mitti and worms automatically arrive there.

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    2. If u sprinkle some top soil in your compost you are bound to get a few earthworms for free!

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  15. I tried composting in plastic bin with lot of holes. I kept turning them twice a week. I dint add water though, but they were wet at one point of time and I added newspapers to it. After two weeks, it does not smell bad but there are flies in it. Am I in the right direction?

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