CRACKING NATURE’S CODE – “BLACK GOLD"


What if I say, Nature does have its most expensive ornament and you can be the owner of it. The ornament has a rich earthly smell – "Black gold". Cracking nature code is a bit difficult but not impossible. All you need is to consider proper techniques and care. After the two failed attempts, I finally cracked the nature’s code- Black Gold. So, why not you?


Nature Box : “Black Gold” & Eco-friendly gadget “Khamba composter”.

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As we know our skin needs nourishment, in the same way, soil also needs nourishment and through black gold, it can be achieved. It also helps in binding soil particles together, resulting in better soil-resistance , it also acts as plant booster and many more. Due to its black color, the compost is called Black Gold.


Hold on, I am not gonna bore you with the entire explanation of the composting process. Although it’s not a new concept, remember composting is a mixture of both art and science. But I'm keen to share the most convenient way to do the composting process – that is through eco- friendly gadget “Khamba Composter” (Gifted by PEEPAL-The Resilience Lab) also known as “Terracotta composter” (I prefer this). It sounds interesting.


"Khamba composter" has three compartments (A-B-C) with some tiny holes on it. Once the compartment ‘A’ is filled it goes below to the compartment 'B' where the process continues. It requires less space & proper handling. The number of “khamba composter” needed, totally depends on how big your family is and how much wet waste is generated at home. You can follow “Vani Murthy's" YouTube channel to know the entire composting process through “Khamba Composter”. I will share the link to this on my Instagram profile.


Nature does have its sense of color. Such as colors that tell compost story – green+ brown = black color, whereas Green color, symbolizes kitchen waste and the brown color symbolizes dry leaves.


Untold story :


Sharing the story of my failed attempts, so that you won't repeat the same mistake during the composting process with the eco-friendly gadget (khamba composter). This will surely save you time.

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Learning from mistakes was a great experience for me. During my first attempt - The segregation of waste didn't go well. So, sometimes wet-dry waste directly goes in “khamba composter” and it disturbs the entire composting process. Apart from this, I used “bokashi powder” to make the process fast and I didn't take proper care of my entire composting process.


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During my second attempt – Balancing of carbon-nitrogen ratio didn't go well. Compost got too stinky because I added leftover foods frequently (which is not the best idea - don't waste food) and used ‘odour control liquid’ to control the smell.

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During my third attempt – I had it in my hands, “Black Gold”. With proper segregation of waste, proper care of the entire composting process, avoiding the use of bokashi powder, odour control liquid and most vital balanced the proper ratio of C/N. Here comes science, your kitchen food waste is mainly nitrogen and the dry leaves you are adding are mainly carbon. If the amount of nitrogen overheads, it starts smelling. If you feel it's continuously smelling, which is unbearable then add a handful of dry leaves.

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Note: There are some good insects and bad insects. Good insects help in breaking the food. But when it comes cockroaches and rats (the bad ones - seek treatment). Lizard is somehow good as it eats insects. Keep “Khamba composter” away from rain and pet animals. Crush the eggshells and then add it into the composter and avoid adding bones.

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My secret behind cracking nature’s code is that I learned from my failure. And got a fruitful result. Improve your own version of coding techniques and see the magic happening. The formula of nature, which I cracked {Small efforts x Lots of people = leads big change to the environment.}


During the process, you don't realize your handful contribution towards the environment. Such as, you are saving organic material to go directly into the landfill, making the segregation process easy for municipal cooperation staff who does the door-to-door collection and many more.


Many of us want to contribute to the environment positively, we try and do that by buying an organic, biodegradable product, cutting out plastics. The best way to start it, is from your own home with the help of eco-friendly gadget – “khamba composter” and be the owner of nature's most precious ornament. With a little practice and some basic techniques (of course), you will be able to crack nature’s code. So, “charming people” take the small initiative from your side & let create awareness web together.


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