If you’re looking to learn how to make good, natural compost, this is the right place. In this blog we’re going to cover the best materials, turning your composter and when is it ready? We’ll also discuss aeration so that your pile doesn’t smell bad or become anaerobic.
How to make good, natural compost
It’s a natural process that reduces waste and helps your garden grow
Composting is a method of recycling organic material. It can be used to reduce the amount of waste that you generate, and it also helps your garden grow better by adding nutrients to the soil.
The Best Materials
You can keep it simple by starting with a pile of shredded leaves and yard waste. Add in some kitchen scraps, grass clippings, flower stems, and coffee grounds on occasion to keep the compost from becoming too dense. You can also add in some soil if you’re trying to create a nutrient-rich environment for your plants. The key is to maintain the right balance of moisture and air while not letting it get too wet or too dry—this will ensure that your heap heats up sufficiently when decomposition occurs but doesn’t become anaerobic (which smells bad).
Greens and Browns
When you compost, you’ll need to include a mix of greens and browns.
Greens are high in nitrogen—that’s the stuff that helps your plants grow. You can add things like grass clippings, kitchen scraps and manure.
Browns are high in carbon—that’s the stuff that helps break down other stuff. You can add things like leaves, wood chips and even paper towels
Turning Your Compost Pile
Turning Your Compost Pile
If you want to make compost quickly, turning your pile is a must. Turning your compost helps to keep it aerated, which will help it decompose faster and more effectively. If you don’t turn it enough, the material on the surface may get too hot and kill off those bacteria inside. You should turn your pile every week or two with a shovel or pitchfork. Be careful not to over-turn (this can end up burying good stuff).
How Much is Enough?
How much compost you need depends on how much compost you can make, but that’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem. The more compost you make, the more you can use. You could say that it is one of those things where quantity breeds quality: if you have lots of it, chances are good that at least some of it will be good!
On the other hand (or rather in addition to), having lots of compost means being able to give away your excess for free or for a small fee – an important consideration since most people do not provide their own soil amendments from scratch. It also means being able to sell some when needed – another great way to offset costs while putting money back into your pocket!
When is the Compost Ready?
Your compost is ready to use when it:
- Is dark and crumbly.
- Is cool to the touch.
- Has a pleasant, earthy smell (not like rotten eggs).
- Is not too wet or too dry.
Aeration is the process of creating air pockets in the compost pile. This process allows for the decomposition of materials to occur at a faster rate, which promotes hot temperatures, and can even prevent your compost from getting too wet or too dry.
To aerate your compost pile:
- Use a pitchfork or shovel to turn over the mixture at least once per week. This will help make sure all sides get exposed to air as well as water and sunlight needed for decomposition to occur.
- Turn twice per day if possible (at least once per day). You may need to flip more often if you live somewhere that gets very hot or cold during different seasons, or if there are other factors affecting how quickly it breaks down such as moisture levels or debris in with it
Add more brown material to make the composter more aerobic.
To make sure your compost pile is working properly, you’ll need to add more brown material so that the pile remains aerobic. If there’s not enough oxygen in the pile, it will not decompose properly. Adding too much brown material on the other hand can cause anaerobic conditions and then you’ll start getting smelly piles of methane-rich gunk instead of healthy soil! You might want to consider adding some greens when you add more browns as well – this will help keep everything balanced out nicely and give you happy, nutrient-rich soil at the end of it all!
There are a lot of different ways to compost, but these tips should get you started on the right foot. The main thing is to have fun with it! And remember that if all else fails, there is always this website as a last resort 🙂