What most people refuse to inform you is that the composting of organic materials happens naturally in your compost pile, regardless of how much attention or care you put in. There are so many ways to make a compost and compost piles, those who tell you there is only one way to do this are not being forthright. Every gardener has his or her own ways of creating fertile compost to enrich their gardens. Below are some super-simple ways to create the nutrient rich compost you and your garden desire.
The first tactic is to just throw everything onto a pile. Don't worry about building a bin or purchasing a container, just throw all of your organic matter into a heap. Practically everything in your garden will work; plants, dry leaves, grass clippings, and weeds are fair game to name a few. Simply add kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings, crushed egg shells and even used paper towels, (but not fats, meat scraps or dairy products). All you have to do now is wait. From the base and then up the heap, everything will start to compost and decay. Worms and other microorganisms will work their way towards the top of the pile as the organic waste starts to rot.
Straw bales are another super-simple way to create a highly effective compost bin. Stack the bales 2 high on three sides, making a simple enclosure so that you can store your waste. 10 straw bales should be enough for you to build what you need. You will find that straw bales are fantastic for not only holding the compost heap, but also maintain optimum temperature and moisture levels which help speed up the composting process. Layer the garden waste and table scraps with soil within the bales. In time, the bales will decompose along with your kitchen and yard excess; ideal to include in your new straw bale system made from new bales.
The shovel method is also a great way to create compost. If you have only a small amount of kitchen waste, this may be the method for you. Find a spot in your yard you think needs enriching and dig a hole. Into this hole you can put your kitchen scraps and chop them up with the shovel, covering them as you go. In time, these scraps will become 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 much richer soil.
In all of these methods, the ingredients and how they mix are of the utmost importance. You should always include fresh green matter, dried brown organic matter such as leaves, and soil. Green matter should include grass clippings, kitchen scraps, weeds, or flowers. The dried brown matter includes sawdust, newspaper, paper towels, or leaves. In place of soil, feel free to add manure or old compost to give your compost an extra boost by increasing the amount of microorganisms and worms to the mix.
Build your compost with balanced amounts of these three types of materials and soon you will be using your own rich black compost to feed anything your garden grows.
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