I love compost! It’s one of those things that, once you have it, you wonder how you ever got along without it. Compost not only makes your garden look amazing, but it also improves the soil and keeps many common pests at bay. It’s also great for getting rid of items that you no longer want or need. To keep your composting efforts safe and healthy for everyone involved, follow these five easy steps to create a natural and burnt-free compost:
What is compost?
Compost is a mixture of decayed plant material (e.g., leaves, grass clippings and vegetable scraps) that has been allowed to break down. Composting is the process by which decomposition occurs.
Compost can be used as a fertilizer in your garden because it helps improve soil quality and increases a plant’s ability to grow healthy roots. The compost you make yourself will be free from chemicals or other additives, so you know exactly what you’re putting into your garden! If done correctly, composting can also prevent food waste from going into landfills where it would otherwise release harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere while taking up space that could be used for something more useful than rotting food scraps.
What compost is not.
- Compost is not a fertilizer.
- Compost is not a soil conditioner.
- Compost is not a pesticide, fungicide or weed killer.
Tools you’ll need.
To make compost, you’ll need:
- A compost bin. You can build your own or buy one. Either way, make sure it has good ventilation so that air can circulate inside and your finished compost doesn’t smell or attract pests. Also, if you’re going to use plastic bins for this purpose (which we don’t recommend), make sure they’re made from food-grade plastic and not PVC pipes because the chemicals in PVC can leach into the soil around them over time.
- A shovel. If you’re building your own bin, get a shovel so you can dig up any large pieces of wood that may be in your garden before putting it on the pile—and maybe even remove rocks too! And if there’s already some sort of “natural” looking area where all the grass falls off onto one side when mowed then consider using this as part of your design because it will help keep more moisture at ground level instead of evaporating up into dry air above us all year round (yes I am talking about global warming too) but also use caution when digging due to how fragile roots are underneath our feet which means we should always be careful where we walk since those same root systems support everything else above us including ourselves!
The five steps.
Now that you’ve got your materials ready, here are the five steps for creating a natural, beautifully turned compost:
- Collect your materials. You can pick up any plants and plant-related items from the garden, or collect them from around your neighborhood—just make sure they’re free of pesticides and other chemicals. Don’t forget to include grass clippings, leaves and straw!
- Shred any large pieces of woody material, such as branches or stumps before adding them to the pile (a leaf shredder works great for this!). If you’re working with smaller twigs and stems (like rosemary branches), leave those in their natural shape so they’ll decompose more rapidly; just remove any flowers or buds first so they don’t attract pests like ants or flies.
- Composting is a great way to use up your kitchen scraps.
- Composting is a good way to get rid of weeds.
- Composting is a good way to get rid of dead leaves.
- Composting is a good way to get rid of grass clippings
You can create compost quickly and easily at home
Composting is easy, it’s fun and it can save you money. It is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint by turning waste into compost for your garden instead of putting it in the landfill.
Composting not only saves you money but it reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or incinerators. And if done correctly, composting can be done quickly and easily at home.
So, that’s it! We hope you feel more confident about starting your compost and are ready to start using this valuable resource in your garden. If you have any questions or concerns about what we’ve covered here today, don’t hesitate to reach out!