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Compost works by aerobic decomposition (breaks down with air) which creates heat. It needs garden materials as well as food scraps.
Composting suits if you
- have garden materials (you need twice as much as your food scraps).
- have space on bare earth to put the compost bin.
- are in a household with more than two people.
The benefits are
- you can add a greater variety of food and other materials than in a wormfarm including garlic, onion and citrus.
- you can recycle your garden materials.
- you can add larger volumes of materials.
Wormfarming works by worms and other micro-organisms eating the food, you don’t need to add garden materials.
Wormfarming suits if you
- don't have any garden materials to get rid of.
- don't have access to any bare earth.
- have a small household or you don’t produce a lot of food scraps.
The benefits are
- you can collect the liquid and soild fertilisers from your wormfarm.
- you can keep your wormfarm in a courtyard, on a balcony or even inside.
- you don’t need to add garden materials.
Bokashi composting uses fermentation to pickle food waste in an air-tight bin. Waste is broken down without bad smells or insects. It's perfect for small households where space is limited.
Bokashi composting suits if you:
- live in an apartment
- work in an office with a kitchen
- have somewhere to bury or compost the semi-solid fertiliser afterwards (a veggie patch, compost bin or community garden)
Some of the many benefits are:
- it doesn't smell, you can keep it in the kitchen
- it can handle meat, dairy, citrus, and onion; which worms don't like
- the liquid fertiliser is easy to harvest