What comes out of the iCompost?

Composting is the "controlled aerobic biological decomposition of organic matter into a stable, humus-like product called compost" - USDA, 2000

During composting, the most 'problematic' phase is the first week when the waste decays most rapidly - losing its water (making a mess), starts smelling, attracts flies and attracts rodents. For example, if you leave an overripe banana in the fruit basket, think about the ethanol smell, fruit flies and liquids that occur within a few days.

The purpose of the iCompost is to speed up this first phase of composting into a few hours, in a controlled manner, to avoid the inconveniences experienced in the first week. The iCompost has several processes which dries the waste to remove water, grinds it up into small pieces to increase surface area for microbes to act later, balances the carbon:nitrogen ratio, balances the pH and stabilizes the most volatile sugars.

The result is a stabilized early-stage compost which will degrade further when buried in soil. Remember: 'feed soil not plants'. The output compost is not as high quality as a 3-month matured compost, because we have to make that trade-off if we want such a high level of convenience. However, one can place the output compost in a worm farm to allow it to be turned into vermicompost if they desire.

Sample of iCompost output

The compost should be mixed into the soil of pot plants, vegetable gardens and flower beds. It should be completely covered from the surface so that fruit flies don't get curious to investigate. If you dig up the compost, or store it in a separate container, or place it on the surface of soil, you may see a white hair-like mould growing if you have done a very good job. This is absolutely beneficial as mycelium is the basis of the soil food web.

Expect to have vegetable and fruit seeds sprouting from the compost because the iCompost cannot always destroy them.

In summary, the iCompost produces an early-stage compost that will feed the soil-food-web.

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