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Nature only asks you to keep a balance of waste.
In addition to writing these columns, I run a coffee shop on the road and it is typical that when we take out the trash, the bags drip that liquid that smells like accumulation of washed yerba mixed with concentrated coffee. Needless to mention that he is the number 1 caller of the famous fruit flies (those that even the Raid does not affect). Faced with that situation, I had to do something. And that's how I discovered compost.
Eons ago God, Pacha Mama, the BigBang or whatever you believe, had already invented recycling, a mechanism by which the remains of the products we use go through a process of regeneration becoming fertile fertilizer. The only thing they require from us is the simple effort to throw everything in one place and wait. Yes, as simple as you hear it. Nature only asks you to keep a balance of these waste and avoid animal and artificially generated debris (cartons, papers, cleaning products, etc.).
Since I like nice things, I bought one of those fancy compostures that are sold on Instagram (look at @HuertaMadre, if you want a more urban style one it can be on @CompasComposteras).
With this I take advantage and invite routers not to make disgusts in garbage cans or clamp me with hot weed on my beautiful jasmines that still can't give leaves (I don't ask them any more), and I take this parenthesis to banish that the weed is a fertilizer per se: first you have to go through this process that I tell them.
Awareness costs. Although it sounds strange, asking people to separate herb/coffee/fruit, paper/carton and animal scraps is the closest thing to Mission Impossible without Tom Cruise. If you live in a city and don't have those hectares of plants you think necessary, don't worry: there are trees in every block that will know how to thank your compost contribution.
To encourage you more I will banish some myths:
DOES NOT SMELL
-NOT GASK FLIES (I promise you, oddly enough)
-No worms are needed (they help, but if they disgust you is not an excuse)
-NO TONS GEN A MONTH (my compost has been a year ago and it still doesn't fill up)
NO EFFORT REQUIRED (if it has a lot of moisture, at most you have to add a couple of dry leaves)
I also add some tips:
- TO HAVE IT OUTSIDE FOR AIR TO CIRCULATE
-ALLOW DRINK TO SEPARATE SOLID COPOST (EARTH) AND LIQUID (FERTIL WATER FOR WATTERING)
-STIR IT FROM TIME TO TIME (ONCE A MONTH REACHES)
-KEEP IT COVERED (I'VE HEARD PEOPLE DOING IT IN TUPPER)
As always I leave you an infographic to generate more environmental guilt.
Publication Date: 02/01/2019
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