Sunday, 17 January 2016

Compot your kitchen waste

I saw this product sold at the 2015 Brisbane International Garden festival. There were lots of innovative gardening wares and this product especially caught my eye.
A garden on a composting bin

Here are the points 
  1. Simple, just open the lid and throw everything in
  2. Hidden within the garden, did a hole and insert into the ground 
  3. Cooked food waste can be added. This was the clincher many compost bins manufactures do not encourage this
  4. Small and light, exporting them to Singapore would cost less and customers are happy to carry it while they shop
  5. Smell is kept at bay
  6. Push a lawn mower over it when its flushed to the ground
  7. You can grow sprouts on the lid. This is exactly in line with the motto of Plant Visionz  

Me and Vicki
I talked to Vicki, the inventor of this product on how to use it. She demonstrated how the lid opens and exactly what to do. She even included a little cups of worm eggs. She said the worms do live in within the soil. I was a little surprised. I agree they are best in compost so my argument is at rest. I believe black solider flies (BSF) would be the main composting organism. 

Buried 3/4 and covered with mulch

Kitchen waste of all sorts even animal bones and dairy
I took the pot home and found a spot in my compound that has the worst possible soil and it was in a corner of the fence. The ground of was hard and after much digging, I could only insert 3/4 of the pot. It actually should be placed flushed to the soil level so one can actually mow the lawn over it. I added all the kitchen waste I collected at home that included stale bread, vegetables, fruit and chicken bones. I added the worm eggs as well and left. This step took about 30 mins as digging into the hard ground was tough. In looser soils, it should only take 15min to set it up.

Bush Turkey!!!

3 days later, I found the soil around the pot exposed. The family of bush turkey in my neighbourhood found this pot of 'food'. I was very upset because each time I had to heap the soil back in , they would come and scratch it up again. I complained to vicki about this and she said it was a good sign. The turkeys are doing the work of loosening the soil in this area. It can be daily chore to push the soil round the pot but the hardwork is done by them. 

Black Solider fly lava in the compot
Over time the materials in the pot decomposed and sank down. I did notice  flies in the middle of the day when there were fish scraps were left on the to level. When I opened the pot up to add in more scraps, I only notice the BSF lava in there and no earthworms. Maybe the scrub turkeys ate them. There was indeed little smell on the days I went to add more scraps. This was at a 3 day interval. What was left were bones and black mush. You can take them and bury into the ground but I place them into the worm bin for another round of digestion by the worms.

I can't find much fault with this product. The plastic is of good material that it does not crumble in the hot Queensland sun or moisture. There are several optional attachments available so one can grow a garden on the lid.  This items sells at AU$31.50 for the set Im using. It can be mail anywhere within Australia. Click here for the webstore . Self collection is possible for those in Brisbane northside. For those in Singapore and are interest in this, Plant Visionz is now collating pre-orders. The price is not confirmed but will be posted on the website in due time. 
My video demo will be posted here soon. Subscribe to Plant Visionz channel on YouTube to be informed of the latest video updates.

1 comment:

  1. A couple of points here:
    If the pot is planted in the ground level with the ground (as it is designed to be) you will find it less likely that the bush turkeys will dig it up. Also if you are soaking your scraps (and in this picture they look very dry) in waste water (any water you are going to throw down the sink that does not have detergent in it) you will find the waste will decompose quicker plus the longer you can let your scraps sit in the waste water the scraps start to ferment and animals don't like the fermentation smell so will leave it alone.
    These pots work extremely well when wet and mushy. This is ideal. You do not need to transfer the waste when it reaches this point into a worm farm. The worms live in the surrounding soil getting all the run off that goes into the soil. Once the waste has decomposed enough they will move into the pot after the soldier flies have vacated. But this will only occur if you let your pot sit unattended for a month.
    But you don't need to do this unless you want to collect composted soil. If you keep topping your pot up with your waste the soldier flies keep working and the worms will keep working below the pot. The point of the pot is to just keep topping it up and let it look after itself. Less work for you. No turning or emptying needed except perhaps once a year or two years to remove big seeds and bones that do not decompose and to give it a good clean out.
    If you let your pot sit for a month and don't top it up with your waste you will find the soldier fly larvae will mature, and fly away to find another pot with food to lay their eggs and the worms will then move into the first pot and fill the pot up with beautiful composted soil. But this is only if you want to collect compost. You don't need to collect the compost unless you want to spread it somewhere else or put it in a pot plant. The waste goes into the soil without your intervention and all you have to do is keep topping it up and it will keep disappearing. Great if you are a busy person with no time to compost and nourish your garden with no extra effort.
    As for turkeys - They are actually very valuable at clearing up mess in your garden and digging up weeds. If you can tolerate them in your garden they can be an asset. There are ways to deter them if you don't like them especially if you are trying to grow veggies. One option is to leave a pot just for them so they have food to eat. They love the soldier fly larvae and other bugs that live in the Compot. And like chickens they can reduce the bugs in your garden. Hope this info helps.