The first step of eco-lifestyle

This huge plastic object I see this kind of things often in the countryside.

Do you know what this is?

I think many people from urban areas don't know about it.

Let me do a Satoyama quiz.

Q. Guess what is this green object?

A. spaceship

B. A simple storage for agricultural equipment in a field

C. New equipment for growing vegetables without exposing sunlight (Like a plastic greenhouse.)

D. Garbage disposal container (Composter)

Hint A. This object is usual on farmland.

Hint B. It has a lid on it.

The answer is below the picture.


The answer is... 4. Garbage disposal container (Composter)

I'm from the countryside, so I knew this thing since I was young, but I wonder if people in the city know about it.

This garbage disposal container (Composter) is very convenient.

If you put kitchen garbages (food wastes) in the composter, they will be decomposed into the soil.

Decomposed wave refuse is called compost, and it becomes a good fertilizer if you spread it on the field, so it is an excellent thing to kill two birds with one stone that you can get more fertilizer in addition to reducing waste.

Decomposed food waste becomes compost and can be used as a good fertilizer. way to kill two birds with one stone by reducing waste and getting more fertilizer.

By using the composter, you can reduce your waste and get fertilizer.

It's like "killing two birds with one stone".

Great isn't it!?

But you have to be careful about the smell when you use it.

If you keep putting kitchen waste in continuously, it will get rotten and become very smelly.

The amount of water and air in the soil is important to ferment and decompose them well.

So I put dry organic matters regularly such as rice husks and fallen leaves which should contain a lot of carbons.

It is better to stir it sometimes to get air in there to help microorganism to ferment and decompose kitchen wastes. You have less bad smells.

(It's a bit hassle for me, so I don't do much. And it would be OK if you put enough organic matter in)

You can put earthworms in a composter to decompose food quicker and well.

When I used to live in an urban area, I set up a cardboard box composter in the balcony for kitchen wastes.

If you want to try it on the balcony, you might want to try the electric drying composter or the earthworm type, which are improved handy stuff.
Because you don't want to get smelly air coming in from the balcony.

If the kitchen wastes are so wet, they will go bad easily, so it's better to drain the water before putting them in it.


A little while ago, I scattered composts made from composter to the field.

I don't know the effect of fertilizer yet, but a lot of pumpkins sprouted and started growing.

Pumpkin seeds are hard to break down in a composter, so if you put pumpkin seeds and then use the compost, pumpkins will sprout from there at a very high rate.

Hope them grow well. I'm looking forward to harvesting them if they grow.

Kitchen wastes contain a lot of water if you take them out with burnable rubbish. It's needed a lot of fuels to burn them.

Why don't you start using a composter for the first step of your eco-lifestyle?