We are fortunate to live in a climate that is conducive to growing plants and vegetables. More and more individuals are turning their hand to planting their own favourite vegetables and fruits because the yield behind a little bit of effort is very rewarding. We just need to look at the roadside mango, banana, avocado, guinep and tamarind trees that hang heavy with fruit when in season to know that conditions are right for growing edible plants.

Of course, there are steps that you need to take to ensure that the soil you plant in will nourish whatever it is you’re trying to grow. Fortunately, the nutrients that are found in compost – the material gardeners call “black gold” – is easy to create yourself using your everyday cooking by products..

Compost is decayed organic material. It is the material that is the produced through the natural process of decomposition of scraps of vegetables, . gardeners call “black gold. Compost works as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer and as a natural pesticide for soil.

Things to include in your collection of organic scraps are fruit & vegetable remnants, plants, grass clippings, egg & nut shells,rice, bread, & wheats.

The following useful tips will help you manage your kitchen scraps, reduce your waste and help you prepare a plot in your yard to grow your own veg!

  1. In a bag or container, collect your kitchen scraps such as banana peel, produce cuttings, as well as some paper towel or dry material to provide carbon.
  2. Bury the kitchen scraps directly in a section of your yard. This is the most straight forward and easiest way to make compost.
  3. Do not plant anything until the organic matter has fully decomposed – this takes approximately a month. Keep the area moist to provide perfect conditions for earth worms which are a critical part of the composting process.

Tools you will need include a gardening fork, a garden trowel, a watering can or a hose pipe, all of which are available at Drakes Traders.

Learn about this straightforward method of composting from the instructions in the video by Daisy Creek Farms and Jag Singh:

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