What many individuals don’t tell you is that the composting of organic matter takes place biologically in your compost heap, regardless of how much interest or consideration you put in. There are so many ways to produce compost and compost piles, anyone who says there is only one way to do things is not being forthright. Each gardener has his or her own ways of producing rich compost to add to their garden.
Below are some super-simplified ways to generate the nutrient abundant compost you and your garden need.
One method is to just throw everything into a heap. No container, no pens, just a heap. Ingredients to include are all yard wastes, including weeds, garden plants, dry leaves and grass clippings. Next add kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable peels, crushed egg shells and even used paper towels, (but not fats, meat scraps or dairy products). All you have to do now is wait. Compost will begin to form, first at the base of the mound. As the ingredients decompose, the microorganisms and worms will move upwards in the direction of new food, and compost will continue forming from the bottom up.
If you have access to some straw bales, this can spark another way to make compost easily. Make a simple bin in order to contain the compost materials by building the straw bales 2 high into a 3-sided pen. You will most likely need about 10 bales. The bales will not only confine the material, but will help hold in heat and humidity as the compost begins to work. Make ample layers of both brown and green materials, and every so often add a layer of soil. Within a couple of years the bales will decompose and become part of the compost; the ingredients from your aged straw bale bin will work fantastically in your new one; and the cycle continues.
The shovel method is also a great way to create compost. If you have only a slight amount of food waste, this may be another method to suit your needs. Find a spot within your backyard you believe needs enriching and dig a pit. Into this cavity you can set your kitchen excess and cut them up with the shovel, layering with soil as you go. In time, these scraps will be converted into compost, without any extra work on your part. Feel free to do this with your garden beds as well and next year you will have greatly more fertile soil.
Whatever your preferred composting methods, the ingredients for your compost pile need to be the right mix. Always mingle fresh green nitrogen rich matter, dried carbon rich matter, and garden soil. The green materials can include grass clippings, kitchen excess, garden waste and even weeds that have not gone to seed. The brown materials are normally more durable dry matter like dried leaves, sawdust, straw, newspaper and even chopped up vegetable stalks. By adding some dirt, droppings, or partly decomposed compost, you will be introducing the microorganisms and worms that do the work.
Developing compost with these several organic materials in equilibrium is a sure-fire tactic to produce nutrient loaded compost to set your garden in balance.
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