Everything You Need to Know About Composting

And how to start your own in just four simple steps.

Tired of throwing away those veggies you forgot to eat this week? Also tired of buying fertilizer? Kill two birds with one stone and start your own compost pile. Below we’ll tell you a few easy steps to get your own compost pile started in no time – it’s simpler than you think! First, let’s start with the basics.

 

What is composting?

Composting is nature’s way of breaking down organic materials and recycling them into a rich soil, also known as compost. Everything that was once alive will decompose at some point or another, and creating a compost pile in your backyard is a way to expedite the process.

 

Why should I compost?

  • You can help Earth live longer. If you recycle your cardboard and paper, composting is taking recycling one step further. You will reduce your contribution to the waste stream. Composting helps to lessen landfills as well because many of the things you throw away can be reused. Choosing the natural process is much better than using artificial inputs.
  • You can save money. Instead of shelling out cash on synthetic fertilizers, you can improve the health of your plants the natural way. Compost is a soil balanced with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, which will in more nutritional veggies than those produced using synthetic fertilizer. Compost also helps keeps soil moisturized, saving you money on high water bills spent watering during dry seasons.
  • Your plants will thank you. Compost improves aeration, tilth, and drainage. Because of its nutrient-rich quality, compost is made to naturally boost your soil’s performance, suppress weed growth, and reduce diseases.

 

How do I compost?

We thought you’d never ask. Now that you know the facts about composting, it’s time to create your own backyard compost. You can do it in four easy steps:

 

1. Decide where to put it

Especially if you live in an HOA, you might want to keep in mind whether or not neighbors will care to see your compost pile. You may also need to ask permission.  Most people like to keep them in/near the vegetable garden or the place that uses the soil the most. To keep your yard looking tidy, you can put your compost in a tumbler. Most containers look like trashcans, so if you want to be especially handy, you can cut the bottom off an old trashcan.

 

2. Begin collecting your ingredients

You can compost items from both inside and outside of your home. From the outside, put weeds, leaves, garden waste, and dying plants. From the inside, collect kitchen waste from vegetables and fruits, coffee or tea grounds, and shells from eggs or crabs or clams. Do not include toxic materials, bones, meat, dairy, processed food, or pet excretions. Put your materials in the compost pile every day to avoid them rotting in your home and smelling.

 

3. Be patient

Until you’re a pro and want to try acceleration techniques, the best way to make sure your compost succeeds is to continue the process. Add your materials to the top, and let nature do its thing. It should take a few months. You’ll then find the new, dark and rich soil at the bottom of your container.

 

4. Put it to work

Even if you don’t start using the soil right away, it will wait for you. But for greener grass, you can lightly spread it all over the lawn. For better veggies, the soil will help them grow bigger, stronger, and healthier. For more beautiful buds, compost helps keeps pests away from flowers and makes them bloom even more beautifully. The same goes for houseplants. 

 

 Four easy steps and you’re helping the Earth, your plants, and your wallet. Good luck with your composts, Charlotte! 

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