Compost Preparation at Home: 3 Pot Compost
Composting is a natural and affordable process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into fertilizer for your plants and garden. The terracotta pots absorb the excess humidity and fluid which is secreted during the composting process.
Advantages of Home Compost
- Waste Reduction –Recycle kitchen and garden waste and reduce the volume of waste going to landfills and incinerators
- Save Money – You can get a free fertilizer for your plants
- Soil Fertility – Improves soil structure, texture, aeration, and water-holding capacity
- A Superior Garden – Composting creates a healthier garden with better soil, Provides excellent effect in overall plant growth, shoot and root development
Composting with earthen (terracotta) pots
- 3 Terracotta pots at least 1 feet height and size such that they can stand one over the other without getting inside.
- Terracotta plate to cover the composter (should fit all 3 pots)
How to setup pots for Composting?
- Take 3 terracotta pots (Pot A, B and C)
- Drill small holes (1 inch diameter) on the sides (for air circulation) and large holes (3 inch diameter) on the base (for drainage) of Pot A & B only.
- Pot C should not contain any holes. This pot will be the bottom most pot.
- Put a layer of newspaper and dry powdered cow dung (about 5 cm) in the pot A and Pot B
- Put all your composable kitchen waste for the day in Pot A and Cover the waste well with soil
- Keep repeating this process until the pot gets filled. Finally cover the waste with soil.
- Now switch pots A & B, start filling pot B.
- As the first pot fills up, you can move on to the second. By the time the second pot is full, you’ll find that it has been 6-8 weeks in a tropical climate and the first pot is properly composted. Transfer thethe pot A compost to Pot C and start all over again. Temperate climates may delay composting to about 3-6 months. Check the compost that is being made in the pots and remember to stir regularly once or twice a week.
- Keep a dishunder the pot to collect the excess moisture that will be released. This water is precious and can be used as fertilizer for plants.
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