For Kickstart Compost month you can use a $30 subsidy to get you started with home composting. It can be put towards the purchase of compost bins, bokashi and worm farms as well as worms from any of the listed retailers.
To receive the subsidy, download and print off the voucher, or call into any Tasman District Council office, or ask the retailer for the voucher before making your purchase.
Want to learn how to make the most of your home compost or bokashi system? Come along to one of our free composting workshop. No need to register, just turn up on the day.
76 Saxton Road West, Stoke
Ph: 03 547 1640
Ecoland / Organic Co-op
31 Vanguard Street, Nelson
03 545 9176
Golden Bay Hammer Hardware
4a Commercial Street, Takaka
Ph: 03 525 7265
Mitre 10 Mega Motueka
235 High Street, Motueka
Ph: 03 528 9220
Mitre 10 Mega Nelson
99 Quarantine Road, Annesbrook
Ph: 03 547 0747
The Warehouse Motueka
270 High Street, Motueka
Ph: 03 528 1079
Tim’s Garden Services
26 Gloucester Street, Nelson
Ph 03 544 9872
135 Gladstone Rd, Richmond
03 544 2076 / baylandscapes.co.nz
www.bokashiboost.co.nz and available at Nelson Markets
Ph 544 1413 or 021 349 139 (Dougal Pollock)
76 Saxton Road, Nelson
Ph 03 547 1640
Ecoland / Organic Co-op
31 Vanguard Street, Nelson
03 545 9176 / nec.org.nz
99 Quarantine Road, Nelson
Ph 03 547 0747
Compost enhances your garden.
It saves you money because it:
All you need to do is gather together your garden waste and other organic scraps and mix them in a compost bin or heap.
Worms and other critters will do the rest.
Composting is a simple way to help the environment. The nutrients in plants have come from the soil and putting them back in the soil will support this precious resource. Disposing of these to the landfill causes problems with gases and is a wasted natural resource.
Materials you can compost are:
Materials not to compost are:
You can either buy a pre-made bin (remember the voucher) or make an enclosure yourself.
Locate your compost bin in a sheltered area, preferably not in full sun. The compost heap should sit directly on the soil.
The Bokashi two-bucket system consists of a few simple elements. Two buckets are required, with one nested on top of the other. The top bucket has a tight fitting lid and holes in its base to drain to the lower bucket. In addition there is a bag of Compost-Zing made from wheat-bran and untreated saw dust that has been mixed with molasses, water and effective micro-organisms.
You can make your own system as long as it is air tight. Old paint buckets that have been cleaned out work well. Drill holes in the base of the top bucket and sit inside the other one. A good air-tight seal is very important.
The benefit of this system is that you can add products such as meat and fish, which are discouraged in the usual compost due to vermin and odours. No outdoor space is required for the collection of the material as fermentation takes place in the bucket. This makes it ideal for businesses, small houses, apartments and schools.
Once the bucket has been filled it must be left closed for up to two weeks. Then it can be added into your normal compost or it can be dug directly into your garden. Due to the acidity of the material it is not advisable to place it in direct contact with roots. It will neutralise within 7-10 days.
The liquid that drips through to the bottom bucket can be drained off and 1 teaspoon mixed with five litres of water to produce a plant fertilizer. This needs to be done regularly - every 3 to 5 days.
Buckets can be kept indoors as the smell is inoffensive. It keeps food waste out of the landfill and it is good for your plants adding beneficial vitamins to the soil.
Larger scale systems can be used in businesses.
All food waste and smaller pieces are better:
Worm composting is a simple way to recycle your organic kitchen waste, and return valuable nutrients to your garden. Worm farms can take purely kitchen waste without needing garden waste mixed with it.
Other advantages of worm farms are the rich vermicast compost they produce, and their ability to digest paper.
In a two person household 1000 red or tiger worms are enough to digest food scraps. The castings take about seven weeks to be ready to use on the garden, which is quicker than compost bins. Earthworms from the garden can also be used in a worm bin but do not process food as quickly.
Worms will eat most vegetable and fruit scraps, shredded paper, tea bags, tea leaves, coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, bread scraps, cereal, cottage cheese, plate scrapings and biscuit crumbs.
Dairy products may also be used, but feed in moderation. Meat and fish scraps may also be used but are not recommended until you are familiar with worm composting.
Foods to avoid are citrus, onions, garlic, garden waste and grass clippings (garden waste is best dealt with by conventional composting methods), fats, cooking oils and oily foods (these create slimy conditions, odour and fly problems) and chicken manure.
Finished worm compost is nutrient rich, so it is excellent for topdressing container plants and as an ingredient in potting mixes. It can also be used in the garden to condition the soil every time you plant (a handful mixed into the soil when transplanting vegetables etc gives plants a good start). Use in small amounts.
Compost used as part of a potting mix or as a topdressing around potted plants should not contain worms as they tend to upset the functioning of the potting mix.