Composting dates back before the 1700’s, but in 1795 George Washington, yes the president, erected a specific composter, in 1787, to compost manure and into fertilizer called the ‘Dung Repository’. Yard trimmings and food scraps make up the 26% of the worlds solid waste. Composting is a great way to reduce this percentage.
In this page, I am going to show you how to build your own kitchen composter to use with Commercial Food Processor!
Materials You’ll Need:
- A plastic storage bin with a lid between 10-18 gallons
- A small household drill
- A shredded newspaper
- Soil or fertilized potting soil
Before you start to build your compost find it a stationary place for it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in the kitchen it just needs to be in close range of the kitchen, for quick disposal of scraps, like a back porch, patio, or somewhere near the kitchen. Now that you’re found a place for it you can start to build your compost in a 4 step process.
Step 1 – Prepare your kitchen composter, take your plastic bin and drill a line of holes wrapping around the bin. They don’t have to be very large holes just big enough to allow air flow into the bin and compost.
Step 2 – Fill your kitchen composter, start with a single layer containing newspaper and the fertilized potting soil or just soil, then put the lid on the composter and give it a good shake to mix the newspaper and soil. Now fill your composter with your waste any type of waste that is organic or biodegradable(things that will decompose such as food, leaves, grass, or weeds), do not put things like bones, cellophane materials(chip bags, meat, fish, poultry, oily foods, cheese, dairy, other animal products, or plastic materials, etc.. into your compost as they will either not decompose or really slow down your conversion time of your compost to turn into usable fertilizer and smell bad. Remember to add more shredded newspaper whenever you add particularly wet scraps to your compost. Put the lid on and only open it when you have scraps to deposit.
Step 3 – Kitchen compost maintenance, about every other day go to your composter, while making sure the lid is secure, and give it a good shake, or use gardening tools to toss the compost pile around a bit, to promote air flow in between the layers continue doing this for about a month. Your composter doesn’t require any special climate so you can leave it where it is all year round.
Step 4 – Using your fertilizer, after about a month of composting your compost will be ready to use. Using a shovel move the top layer of unrecompensed waste to one side and start shoveling the soil like compost from the bottom if smells sort of sweet and is dry scoop it where you want to use it, but if it’s still kind of wet and stinks then mix it with some soil and then use it.
Composting is a great way to improve the environment and improve your garden or flower bed at the same time by recycling organic or bridgeable items. Remember that you always want to keep the lid on your composter to ward off rodents and if it suits you better you could start two composter bins and divide the designed kitchen waste between the two.