If you are a gardening enthusiast, you would be well aware of home composting techniques. Now there are a wide variety of options available to do the same. SmartBin is one of them.
The first version of SmartBin, involves two stages of composting – one anaerobic and another aerobic. While the first stage gives you an enriched liquid called Smart Brew, which you can dilute and use for your plants, the second stage breaks down everything into earth like compost, which they call Black Gold. Trust me the plants love both. 🙂
Their recent new version, called SmartBin Air combines both the stages into one for your ease. I didn’t invest in any equipment for two years and instead made compost at home, using whatever was available. But the praises I heard about Smart Brew, drew me to this technique. While we reaped the benefits of it for a long time, we were too lazy to get off our ass and complete the second stage, which involves layering the waste with cocopeat.
We made up our mind and finished it today. It is such a happy feeling to do some such good deed with your own hands. Instead of dumping all this waste to the garbage van, turning it into compost and seeing its benefits when your plants bear the fruits and flowers is an immensely satisfying feeling.
The partially broken down contents from the SmartBin is layered in a bamboo woven basket, or any container which allows air circulation. It is alternately layered with cocopeat or old compost.
After multiple such layers, the entire content is packed well with newspaper and then tied with a cloth and kept aside for a month – away from sun and rain. The waste completely breaks down in this duration to form compost.
While I have shared several pictures of the stuff grown on our terrace, recently we were delighted to see our strawberry runners bear fruit. It was such a beautiful sight and they tasted awesome too. 🙂
Aren’t they beautiful?
I urge each of you to take up composting and gardening. It’s a different feeling altogether!