Published on May 4, 2022
Five Tips for Easy Composting
Did you know compost is a nutrient-rich, soil-like material that helps plants and gardens grow big and strong? It’s easy to get started composting right in your own backyard just by following these five tips below. Bonus points if you start during Compost Awareness Week, which runs from May 1 to 7, 2022.
- Find the Perfect Spot. Look for a dry shady area in your yard that your garden hose can reach that is also away from your house. This ensures your home is protected from any lingering smells and pests. You can choose between a store-bought bin or compost directly on the ground - the choice is yours.
- Build Your Pile. Composting needs only four ingredients – carbon, nitrogen, water, and air. The first ingredient necessary for composting is CARBON! Paper, cardboard, and dried leaves are great sources of carbon. Mulch up your leaves and be sure to add your used napkins and paper towels to your compost pile. Decomposers also need nitrogen to do their jobs. Food scraps and grass clippings provide the necessary nitrogen for efficient composting. You want to have a 2:1 ratio of carbon and nitrogen to help the decomposers do their jobs.
- Don’t Forget the Water. Add moisture to the pile when necessary. Your pile should have the consistency of a wrung-out sponge. Moisture comes from food scraps, but you may need to add some water if the pile gets too dry so keep an eye on it and use that garden hose sparingly, as needed.
- Turn. Turn. Turn. Composting is an aerobic process, which means the decomposers turning your food scraps into compost need air to breathe. Make sure to turn the pile often to bring air into the middle of the pile with a shovel or a rake.
- Keep it Covered. Trapping the heat with a cover will aid your compost in cooking and prevent any nutrient loss in case it rains. If you opted for something other than a compost bin that has a lid, a tarp can do the trick as well.
If you’d like to learn even more about composting check out Home Composting for more detailed information.
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Last edited: May 4, 2022