Composting your yard and food waste is a great way to reduce the amount of trash that goes into landfills and incinerators. On top of that, the compost you create can be used to nourish the soil in your garden beds or yard, leading to happier and more vibrant plants. If you've always wanted to try your hand at backyard composting, there has never been a better time. Composting works well in the humid, tropical climate of The Bahamas, and our agents have some helpful tips to share.
- Mix Your Greens and Your Browns
Generally speaking, there are two different types of materials you can add to your compost. The first is "greens," which include high-nitrogen items such as vegetable peels, yard clippings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and freshly fallen leaves. The other is "browns" or low-nitrogen items, which include waste paper, cardboard, straw, and wood chips.
Compost usually breaks down best when you have a 50/50 mix of greens and browns. It doesn't have to be perfect, but do your best to add equal amounts of both types.
- Keep It Moist
Your scraps are turned into compost by bacteria and fungi. Most of these microbes need moist conditions to thrive. So, you want to keep your compost moist. You don't want it so wet that it is dripping, but you do want it wet all of the way through. Spraying your compost down with the hose once or twice a week is usually sufficient in a tropical climate.
- Turn It Over Regularly
You can create your compost in a dedicated corner of your yard. In this case, you want to stir it every week or so. This brings some oxygen into the pile to help accelerate the decay.
You can also create your compost in a compost barrel or tumbler purchased from a home improvement store. These tumblers make it easy to turn over your compost; you just turn a lever or crank, and the contents inside the barrel redistribute.
- Be Patient
Compost doesn't happen overnight. If you want quick results, you can make a "hot compost" by chopping everything up small, keeping it moist and warm, and turning it periodically. With these steps, your compost may be ready in a month or two. Hot composting works well in tropical climates and is well worth a try.
- Consider Adding Earthworms
Earthworms will accelerate the rate at which your compost decomposes. They will also add more valuable nutrients to the compost. Add a container of them to your compost. In time, they will breed and increase in numbers.
- Use Your Compost Sparingly
If you want a lush, green garden like the ones you've seen at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale, your compost can help. However, you should use it sparingly. Too much compost can make your soil too rich.
To avoid overwhelming your plants, add compost to your garden beds one shovel full at a time. Work the compost into the existing soil to spread it out. You can also simply sprinkle compost over your lawn to add a bit of nutrition.
Composing is a great way to reduce waste and also give your yard and garden a boost. Keep the tips above in mind as you embark on your composting journey. Don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent in The Bahamas. We'd love to help you find your new home and garden.