The annual garden clean-up produces a lot of waste. The weeds, grass clippings, and dead plants all need to be disposed of somehow, but they shouldn’t end up in the trash. While you could simply burn everything, that makes a mess and isn’t healthy for the environment. Instead, use these materials to make homemade compost that can then be spread around your garden or lawn.
Set up an outdoor space for composting.
- Choose an area that is easy to access and where you can keep an eye on your compost as it decomposes.
- You may want to place your compost bin outside, but it can also be done indoors in a large plastic storage container or even in a small corner of the kitchen.
- If possible, locate the pile on level ground. It should be sheltered from wind and rain so that the contents do not dry out quickly when there is no rain for a period of time (usually about three months).
Decide on materials to compost.
If you do not have any compost, the first thing to do is decide on what material you would like to use. The majority of compost materials are biodegradable, but some materials are more suitable than others depending on your needs and preferences.
- Fruits and vegetables can be used in small amounts for their rich nutrient content and high moisture content. However, they may attract undesirables such as rodents or other pests if left unattended in large quantities because of their attractiveness for food consumption purposes by these creatures (such as rabbits).
- Fresh grass clippings are too wet for good decomposition; it’s better to dry them out first before adding them into the mix. Grass clippings also contain herbicides that inhibit bacteria growth which limits decomposition even further!
Begin collecting waste materials.
Composting is a natural process and you can do it anywhere. You can compost in your back yard, on a balcony, in the garden or even in community gardens. Composting requires very little space so you don’t need to worry about finding enough land to build your compost pile.
Composting will not happen overnight.
Composting is not a quick process. If you want to make compost at home, it’s going to take time and effort. The good news is that if you have some patience, planning ahead and organization skills, you can do it. The first step in making your own compost is collecting the right materials.
Next up: turning those materials into soil!
Make sure the heap stays moist but not soggy.
When you’re making compost, it’s important to keep the moisture content of your heap just right. If it’s too dry, the process will slow or stop altogether. If it’s too moist, you’ll end up with an inedible mass of decomposing plant matter that smells like a swamp and doesn’t make good soil at all.
The best way to tell if your compost is getting wet enough is if you’re watering it regularly. You could also use an electronic moisture sensor (available online) or try feeling for yourself—if anything feels dry, water until you can feel some dampness in there again! Once everything has been mixed well together and has been kept moist for a month or so (the time period varies based on what type of material has been added), turn over your finished product by moving everything over one-third of its original size using a pitchfork or other tool designed for moving large quantities of dirt around without compacting them down too much.”
Compost can help you save money and reduce pollution from landfills.
Composting can save you money in three ways. First, composting saves the cost of buying fertilizer, pesticides and water. Second, it reduces the need for electricity used to run a trash compactor or incinerator. Third, if you use your own compost for gardening purposes or sell it as a product, then there’s an additional profit potential (which is actually a fourth way to save money!)
Composting isn’t limited to gardening enthusiasts with acres of land.
Composting isn’t limited to gardening enthusiasts with acres of land. You can do it anywhere, even in a small space. If you’ve got room for a container in your backyard or garden, you can start composting today!
If you’re looking for an easy way to get started with composting, or if you don’t have space in the yard for a big compost pile (or just don’t want one), there are many ways to get started doing it indoors. Here are just some ideas:
- Put your kitchen scraps into a bowl or container on the countertop and forget about them until they’re ready to be used as fertilizer when plants need them most (spring/summer).
- Make a mini-compost bin out of an old plastic bin and fill it up with shredded paper and vegetable trimmings (I used newspaper because I have access to it at work). Then toss in plants that need pruning so they’ll decompose faster! When it’s full enough—about once every two weeks—empty everything into your outdoor compost pail during rainy days so water doesn’t wash away any nutrients before they reach their destination inside your plants’ roots!
If you’re a bit skeptical about composting, just take a moment to think about how much you throw away in the course of a day. From food scraps to grass clippings, it’s enough to fill an entire landfill. But by diverting your trash into a compost pile and using that waste as fertilizer for plants, you can make sure it doesn’t end up in the dump. In fact, many people find that used coffee grounds work even better than expensive chemical fertilizers when it comes to getting those green leaves growing in their garden! All around the world people are making their own compost from household waste materials like fruit peels and eggshells so why not join them?