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Harvesting & Using Finished Compost In Garden

Currently, I utilize 3 types of composting system in my home and only one of them need harvesting that is bottle composting while the other two (piece by piece composting and dig & bury aka pit composting) don’t need harvesting as they decompose on and in the soils.

Compost In Bottle Composting System
Finished compost in bottle composting system. My soils and plants will be so delighted!

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Vitamins For My Plants

What do you feed your plants? Besides sunshine, water, air and love that is. ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฅค๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

I used to feed my plants with store-bought fertilizers but not anymore. FYI, the ones I used were organic and non-organic kinds. I always find store-bought fertilizers come with an extremely strong chemical smell. So it makes me wonder whether I should keep using these chemical-laden fertilizers? My instinct said no. And so, I ditched the store-bought fertilizers including store-bought animal’s manure (the manure smells like manure though) 2 years+ ago. From then on I make my own vitamins to supplement my plants. I prefer to call it vitamins instead of fertilizers though.

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3 Easy Compost Systems

About two+ CNYs ago, I finally said to myself “What the he!!, I can’t wait anymore. I’ll just start now.” I’m talking about composting.

My first composting experience was way-way back, and since then I have been waiting for the right time to start again. As I work on my 2nd composting project, I realized I needn’t any special equipment or location after all. It has always been there. All I need is to just start and the path will show its way. I’m so grateful that I followed the voice inside me because it has been wonderful so far.

Materials For Compost

Over time, I began experimenting with other composting methods. I didn’t start all at once when I began. It was in stages and unplanned. I just thought it might be good to try other techniques. So far, I’m using 3 compost systems without spending any money!

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A Short History On My First Composting Project

Who?
I was the one and only composter in the family back then.

When?
I don’t remember when, but it’s certainly more than a decade ago. It could be 2 decades. I’m not sure. It was way before having Chester and before we renovate our porch.

What?
I compost the usual stuff: kitchen scraps, dried leaves, twigs and newspaper (I cringed at this now; gah toxic ink!).

Where?
My compost bin was located at the corner of the front porch. It’s not shaded, totally open to the sun and rain. The compost bin is an earthenware pot/crock with dragon motifs (also known as tempayan naga). Since it’s an earthenware, I couldn’t make holes on the sides. I used a wood board to cover the top and aerated the compost with a stick from time to time.

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Flowering Kumquat Tree

Ok, first of all, Iโ€™m not sure what type of a citrus tree is this but I suspect itโ€™s a kumquat. Please enlighten me if you know.

Flowering Kumquat Tree

My mom bought a kumquat tree early this year for Chinese New Year. Immediately, I told her I would take care of it because I know sheโ€™s not much into gardening plus she would spew nonsense towards it even before the tree has a chance to adapt into our environment. ๐Ÿ˜‚ You see, a majority of my momโ€™s conversation is about negativity. I do correct her and encourage her to talk about positive things but I guess itโ€™s hard to change people.

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