All-natural growing requires some type of composting on your part. Eating for better compost is a win-win situation for you and your plants. Whether container growing, or in the ground growing, compost has many uses. You can straight up grow your plants using just good water and good compost—period.
In today’s article, I’m just going to give you guys a guide to some things that work wicked good here, regarding your diet. Plus, a couple good composting tips as well. You do want to get good at composting. Being good at it means adding a diversity of matter, good matter, full of various nutrient values.
I’m so into composting that I have a stacked home worm farm for additional vermicomposting, at home. I also have a compost tumbler, here’s the link to A good looking compost tumbler. However, you don’t need any of these things. You need a little outdoor space, even a tent would work; it just needs to be out of the rain. In my 2-person household, we eat for better composting and easily supply enough scraps to make awesome compost, plenty for the job. Let me show ya how…
Eating for Better Compost Quick Composting Guide
Like I said above, you need a place out of the rain to make your compost happen. A garage or a shed works great here. You will also need something to contain the compost while it’s turning into magic cannabis food. I like kiddy-pools, totes, or rubber animal troughs here. You can do it all on a tarp if you want to. Just lift the corners to mix.
Since you will be eating for better compost, you will need a couple of collection zones. A simple large plastic bowl (like one you would use for Halloween candy) is great for in the kitchen. Don’t worry it won’t get smelly; unless you put smelly stuff in it, like broccoli.
Having a few things on hand will also aid you greatly here. Get a screen of some sort, to separate out the smaller sized composting particles from the larger ones. I like using about 1-inch holes for this purpose. You can have finer sifting screens for top dressing young sprouts and clones. Also, grab some bark mulch, blood meal, and bone meal. It’s a really good idea to also have a respirator mask when mixing your compost; one that is capable of filtering out mold spores. That’s basically it. You’re set.
What to Eat for Better Composting?
There are some things you will want to avoid composting. Eating for better compost will likely start you eating way healthier—dammit! LoL ???? but not everything you eat can have the scraps used. As far as composting additions, avoid citrus fruits, onions, peppers, butter, dairy products, meat, fat, and salt. Meat, fat, or dairy is bad because it will bring flies and maggots. It will also get uber stinky. Fruits and peppers tweak the pH way-too-low (tons of citric acid). If you have one of those fancy coffeemakers, maybe go retro, and get a good old percolating coffee machine. More on that below. Also, an air-fryer is a great way to enjoy a lot of different vegetables. And, they are fairly inexpensive.
Start making smoothies baybee! I survived on these for about 5 years of hard partying and little eating. Get yourself a nice blender, like 1,400 watts. This will inspire you to make smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to “eat” bananas, AND a great way to have a lot of banana peels for composting. Which is nice.
The following list are my favorite things when it comes to eating for BETTER compost. My favorites, because I love them to eat, but also because they have the right stuff. Stuff that will make your plants sing with happiness and yield with the best. Check it out…
The List of Stars When Eating for Better Compost
BANANAS: Essentially, this is one of my all-time favorites to compost for growing cannabis. Great potassium, and calcium. A bit of sulfur, iron, and others. You can dry some of your peels and chop them up for making outstanding cannabis mulch!
COFFEE: I go through a lot of coffee. Make it the old-fashioned way in a coffeemaker with a pot. You can recycle the used grounds and the filters. Tea as well, along with the bags. Coffee is awesome. Tons of nitrogen and a good assortment of trace (micro) nutrients. I’ll bet 20% of all my compost is coffee and filters.
CANTALOUPE RINDS: Talk about eating for better compost and eating what you love. Full of things like a bit of calcium, lots of potassium, and magnesium. Primo organic matter. Another all-time favorite for composting when cannabis growing.
DARK GREENS: Dark green veggies have massive iron and nitrogen as a rule of thumb. Broccoli pieces are my favorite in this category. However, they can be stinky, like artichokes, and Brussel sprouts as well. Best to go straight outdoors with these.
TUBERS/MUSHROOMS/MELONS/SQUASH: Secondary and micronutrient powerhouses here. All are great, especially the rinds of melons and squash. Potatoes are in this group, and potatoes have really good values of potassium, iron, and magnesium. I eat a lot of potatoes with stuff. The skins are excellent to use, or whole potatoes gone bad chopped up. Some gourds like pumpkins are fantastic. I grind up seeds as a top dressing sometimes.
RICE/PASTA/EGGSHELLS: All these are good. Lots of calcium and iron here in this group. Just rinse off any leftover rice with hot water before tossing into the composting bowl. If you have seasoned it or whatever. Cooked or raw is fine. Lots of eggshells is a good thing.
ALL EXTRANEOUS CANNABIS MATTER: This is a must. Never mind eating for better compost, what about growing for better compost! You can and should compost all leftover cannabis plant matter. Roots chopped up, stems chopped up, and leaves.
Using Your Compost
Eating for better compost has its rewards. Your better health for one big one. The other one is using your compost, and storing it. Always let it be exposed to the air. Turn it over often. I am always adding to my compost collecting bowl and small tote. Once my outdoor tote is about half full, I dump it into my main composting area. In my case this is a compost tumbler. It takes about 30 days to fully compost a batch. Since I always have newer matter arriving, I just screen out any I want to use from my tumbler. Putting all the larger pieces of stuff back in the compost.
You can—and should, in my opinion—mix your compost with your soil at a ratio of 2-parts soil to 1-part compost. You can also top dress with compost. Perhaps the most underrated methodology ever. If you keep replacing the top dressing with good compost, your plants can thrive on that and good water alone.
- 3 Zones of Composting: My indoor collection (kitchen) bowl stays open to the air. This is important for no stinky problems. I have a secondary small tote outdoors in my shed, for dumping the bowls into prior to composting proper. The composting starts right away in every bowl. Some things like broccoli get super stinky; so, put them directly outside.
- Veggies That Have Gone Bad: No problemo! However, I would put these into the outdoor collection zone. But they are fine, just a little pre-composting, heh heh. You will see things mold in your indoor collection bowl; it’s fine. Just don’t mix up the indoor bowl contents. It can be stinky when you dump it but it is fine during collection.
- Moisture Levels: Your compost can be pretty wet and still be fine, but I would say keep it fairly moist and not actually wet. The wetter it is the more often you should turn/mix it.
- Using Bark Mulch: The bark mulch serves several purposes here. It’s a pH buffer, and a great source of potassium (K) as it decomposes. Just add a little to every indoor bowl of collection; like a small handful. Alternately, you could use a teaspoon of wood ash per bowl.
- Using Bone and Blood Meals: Just before you dump each indoor collection bowl into your outdoor collection tote, add about a teaspoon of each, blood meal and bone meal. This adds great nitrogen and iron for all the microbial life to boom with. Also, the bone meal adds great calcium and phosphorus. The bone meal is also a bit of a buffer for pH. And, very bacteria friendly.
Eating for Better Compost Takeaways
Here’s another Rev article for you if you would like to read more: True Living Organics Supernatural Growing: Blood Meal – Skunk Magazine. You can do your whole program with good quality water and compost. Seriously, nothing else. No nutrients added. You can even mix your compost 50/50 with your soil, especially recycling used soil with rootballs. Just make sure the compost is done mostly when mixing high ratios in.
Once your composting stuff is in your composting zone, turn it over frequently, daily. If you use a kiddy pool or rubber trough, it’s super easy to lift the sides up to mix it. A lot of mixing means a lot of air. With a lot of air, you can support a ton of aerobic bacteria. The kind of soil life your plants especially will love.
Start eating for better compost baybee! You’ll be amazed—I was—at how much better you will feel. More real food in your diet. Less food-like substances. You can add rinsed off kelp to your compost as well, if you like. The list of good things to add is long. Just adjust your stuff to what you want to eat that is real food. Then recycle the hell out of all the leftovers. You’ll be blown away how well this works.
L8r G8rs, see ya all back here next week,
- REvski ????
I'm The Rev, and I have been with SKUNK for about a decade now. I hail from Southern California, spent mucho time in Northern California, and now reside in Southern Oregon; always coastal. I am an all natural style cannabis grower and I have written a couple books on the subject - check out True Living Organics 2nd Edition on Amazon - I have been growing for over 45 years, and I have been breeding cannabis for over 30 years. Check out kingdomorganicseeds.com to see some exotic selections. Growing connoisseur cannabis is what I teach mostly, growing it in living soil without using liquid organic nutrients to feed the plant. I am also a highly skilled synthetics grower, hydroponics, aeroponics, DWC/SWC/NFT, Ebb and Flow, and soilless, but I cringe when smoking synthetic grown herbs, so for the last 15 years or so I preach the artisan style of all natural growing, specializing in container growing. Cheers and welcome aboard.