Updated: Oct 30, 2020
Have you ever wanted to start composting but you didn't know how or where to start? You're in luck because we have created an easy guide to show you how to have a successful compost whether you're in an apartment, condo, or house! Check below for your compost guide!
Fall is an awesome time to start your home compost because there are so many things you can throw into your compost like fallen leaves and garden plants that are done for the year! Before you start collecting items for your compost, you must first decide how you want to compost.
Compost pile: If you have a yard then a compost pile is a great and inexpensive way to start your composting journey. You can just pick a spot in your yard, such as a section of your garden, and you can start your compost!
pro-tip: start with a layer of twigs or straw, a few inches deep, to allow for to allow for better drainage and aeration.
You can also build a frame around you compost pile to keep the pile more tidy like this.
Compost tumbler: This is another great option if you have a yard. You can choose a place you would like to keep it in your yard and then you just add your scraps and compost materials to it and turn it to aid in the compost process.
Compost Machine: This is an awesome choice for you if you do not have a yard! This is an electric tool that does the composting for you. You just add your materials and the machine does all the work. You do not have to worry about turning the compost for it to decompose and it gives you awesome soil! You can find the compost machine that best suits you here.
Once you have picked your compost option, you're ready to start collecting your materials to compost! To learn about what items you can compost you can check out our blog all about it.
It's also a good idea to get a container to collect all your compost things so you can take out one container full for the compost instead of going out to your compost every time you eat a banana. Unless you really like the extra steps, you can either buy a compost container like this one or you can use an old tupperware you don't use anymore! That's what we do in our house!
Now, you're ready to compost! It's important to know what and how much of different materials to put into your compost so that you get the most nutrient rich soil at the end. Below is a list of items you may put into your compost and what they add to your soil!
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***for compost with chicken manure: make sure to wait 120 days before adding to food plants to ensure any parasites have died.
When adding these materials to your compost, its good to alternate wet materials and dry. Wet materials include food scraps, tea bags, etc. Dry materials are straw, leaves, saw dust, etc. This helps everything to compost efficiently! Adding nitrogen rich items will also help speed up the process and make sure your pile doesn't get too dry.
Lastly, make sure you turn your compost every few weeks. This will help to aerate your compost pile and add oxygen to the pile which is necessary for the decomposing process.
That's it. You're ready to compost!
If you're living in a small space or you're not wanting to maintain a compost pile, look into if your community has compost center or compost pick up.
**Disclaimer: Always make sure you are following the USDA guidelines for at home composting.
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