My new compost bin
My New Compost Bin – Cho Suet Sen
I got into the organic movement by chance ie. in 1998 when Cetdem advertised for a volunteer to take down the minutes for one of their seminars. As I have just completed my studies and was rather ‘free’ I volunteered.
After the 2 days’ seminar whereby I met up with the MARDI people and farmers, I was ‘hooked’. I signed up for Cetdem’s 2 days’ organic courseat Rimbun Dahan and since then there is no turning back. I held a luncheon at my place in March 1999 whereby CETDEM members and my Mothers’ Group participated. There was a big turnout of 36 people that day to see a demo by Ms. Tan on composting plus an organic slide show.
My whole garden has been organic since 1999. I was so enthusiastic that one wooden compost frame was not enough so I made do with another 10 sugar bags as alternatives to compost bins. My first year’s harvest saw 8 inch chillies and 2 kgs papayas. I had 12 chilli plants and did not buy any chillies for more than a year then.
Now my husband, Yip has rekindled my flame for the organic movement by building me a new compost bin. 6 ft by 4 ft by 3 ft high -divided into 2 compartments. For ease of turning the compost, he made the top and front side easier to remove via sliding in of the planks one by one. He drilled holes in the planks for aeration. (Photos attached).
My garden has 18 different types of fruit trees, easily 15 types of herbs, not forgetting the numerous veggies at my back lane and in front of the playground. I have lots of ‘free’ land at my disposal.
My husband is an animal lover and he has 3 big cages filled with Bantam chickens, parrots, merbuks and pigeons. He also has 6 ponds filled with carps, parrot fishes, goldfishes, catfish and guppies. Let’s not forget his 5 ‘punky’ guinea pigs and 2 dogs. All the animal wastes can be used for composting.
I am very lucky that I have such a supportive husband and enough land to practise organic gardening plus advice from CETDEM and all its members. Hurray to organic gardening!
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