Making compost is easy!

Making compost can turn your kitchen and garden waste into a rich organic soil amendment. Follow my easy steps and have your own compost to enrich your vegetable garden.

Composting Materials:

A ratio of carbon and nitrogen materials are important for each to breakdown. Nitrogen materials will decompose in a few weeks, however will attract flies and have a strong odor. Carbon materials will take months or sometimes years to breakdown.

Carbon Materials

  • thick vegetable stems like broccoli, corn stalks
  • sawdust
  • dry leaves
  • wood shavings
  • straw
  • hay
  • twigs

Nitrogen Materials

  • cut grass
  • fresh animal manure (usually in small quantities)
  • vegetable kitchen waste
  • green vegetation from your garden organic
  • soil fertilizers like blood meal, alfalfa meal and fish meal (these can be lightly spread on each layer especially if the pile has lots of carbon material)

Steps to building a pile:

  1. Loosen the soil about 12 inches deep in the area where you will make the pile. This will help organisms in the soil enter your pile.
  2. Lay down about 6 inches of carbon matter - corn stalks, small sticks, straw.
  3. Then lay done about 2 inches of garden waste -leaves, grass clippings, green vegetation.
  4. Save your kitchen waste (no meat products) and put this over the garden waste.
  5. Put on a thin layer of soil. This helps keep away the flies and odor.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 5.
  7. Once the pile reaches 3-6 feet high let is sit for 3-6 months.
  8. Start building a new pile.
  9. To quicken the process turn the pile every 3-4 weeks. The easiest way to do this is move it to a new area.
  10. Water the pile regularly, a moist pile will decompose quicker.
  11. The pile will reduce to about half the original size.

Now here are the steps to making compost .

Do you have more questions? Are you having problems with your existing compost pile? Here are some answers to frequently asked compost questions.

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