Compost Workshop – August 2017

Food waste makes up 64% of the material that goes into the landfill in Thailand.
What can you do about it, whether you have a small space at home or a larger area in your garden?

Learn how easy and fun it is to recycle your fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves, newspaper, coffee grounds, plant cuttings etc into Black Gold! Compost provides valuable nutrients for your garden and plant soil, helps retain moisture which saves water, suppresses weeds, prevents soil erosion, and loosens clay and compacted soils for better drainage and water retention. It is rewarding to know you are turning what some consider organic waste into a nutrient rich organic material for your garden and plants!

I really enjoyed this compost workshop for the local community. More than 15 people joined and were curious on how to get started on composting in an urban environment. I have gone through a huge learning curve as well, but will always continue to encourage others to start. There is no need for expensive equipment or tools.

I started with two different size containers including vermicomposting. The latter didn’t survive due to the heat, but now that I am living in Barcelona I will try it again. So, I had two bins on each balcony, put shredded newspapers, toilet paper rolls and soil at the bottom before I added our vegetable waste (cut into small pieces to break down faster) and covered it again with leaves and soil. Adding some water to the equation, I was able to harvest our first compost after less than 2 months.

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