Compost Instructions

Many people who maintain gardens have a large amount of compost yard waste, from grass clippings to leaves and dead plants. Unfortunately, many waste time, money and energy having these wastes transported to a landfill. It isn’t just a waste of good organic gardening compost; it’s a waste of everything that goes into the process of transporting it (the garbage man’s time, the money you pay for the removal, etc). It is truly a travesty.

All these organic scraps that people is trying to get rid of can become a better supplement for your garden than any fertilizer or chemical ever would. If you properly decompose garbage, it will alter chemically until it is in such a state that it becomes a nature safe fertilizer for other plants. Therefore you can turn all your organic scraps that you would have normally thrown away, into top grade organic garden fertilizer.

Normally a compost structure is maintained in a pile somewhere in your backyard. Usually the thought of compost yard waste brings disturbing images to ones mind; the thought of having garbage decompose in your backyard and emitting a horrible odor. However, if compost maintenance occurs regularly, you will be able to create a great organic garden fertilizer without producing an offensive odor. When I first began my compost bin plans in an effort to improve environmental health, I made several major errors. These included preventing the pile from getting the oxygen it truly needed. I also inadvertently left the compost structure too dry. I ended up with garbage decomposing in a very non-beneficial way, and producing an odor so foul that I had government agents knocking at my door.

When you are choosing the compost bin placement, that is where you will be putting all these organic scraps, you should aim for a higher square footage. Having really deep compost pile bins is not a good idea, because generally the deeper sections won’t be exposed to anything that is required for the process to work. It is better to spread it all out over a large area so compost heat will not accumulate. You will want to maintain a steady compost temperature to decompose garbage naturally. If you have a shed or a tool shack of some sort, it is a possibility to spread it over the roof (with boards to keep it from falling off, of course). I have seen this done several times, and it helps keep the pile out of the way while still maintaining a large square footage.

Home composting bins can consist of any organic scraps from your yard, garden or kitchen. This includes leaves, grass, any leftover produce that won’t be eaten, eggshells, coffee grinds or newspaper (no more than a fifth of your pile should consist of newspaper, due to it having a harder time decomposing with the rest of the materials). Usually if you have a composting barrel devoted to storing all of these compost items, it will fill up quickly, within a couple of weeks. It is easy creating a compost heap, but the hard part truly comes in getting good compost, i.e. an organic garden fertilizer.

After you have begun to acquire a large assortment of organic scraps in your compost pile bins, you should moisten the whole pile. This encourages the process of composting. Also chop every element of the pile into the smallest pieces possible. As the materials start to compress and meld together as they decompose, frequently head outside to perform the aerated composting technique. You can use a shovel to mix it all up, or a compost aeration tool to poke dozens of tiny holes into it. Doing this will increase the oxygen flow to every part of the pile, and oxygen is required for any decomposition to take place.

If organic gardening compost sounds like something that would interest you, start considering your different compost bin placement options. The hardest part about compost maintenance is choosing a spot that provides enough square footage without intruding upon the rest of your yard or garden. While usually you can prevent the horrible odors that most people associate with compost pile bins, it’s still not a pleasant thing to have to look at whenever you go for a walk in your garden.

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