A Beginner’s Guide to Making Compost27/10/2020
Guide to making compost
Welcome to the beginner’s guide to making compost. , if you are like me, and your heart breaks when throwing away any part of a natural product, then composting is perfect for you 🙂
When making compost, you can buy a professional compost bin, find the perfect spot to set it up and get started. The best site to place your compost bin is in a reasonably sunny area and bare soil. If you have to put your compost bin on concrete, tarmac, or patio slabs, ensure there’s a layer of paper, twigs, or existing Compost on the bottom. Choosing a place where you can easily add ingredients to the bin and get the compost out is best.
Make sure you add the right products to your bin to make the best compost. Aim for a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns in your compost bin to get the right mix. And here’s a list to guide you:
Below is a list of what is BEST for making Compost – They are quick to rot and provide essential nitrogen and moisture:
Animal manure with straw
Brussels sprout stalk
Fruit peelings and pulp
Old bedding plants
Soft prunings and plant debris
Tea leaves and bags
Vegetable peelings and pulp
These are GOOD: They are slower to rot, provide carbon & fiber and allow air pockets to form.
Corn starch liners
Used kitchen paper
Vacuum cleaner contents
Most importantly, these are are a NO-NO: Never to be placed in the compost bin:
DO NOT include these constituents
Meat and fish scraps
Now, let Mother Nature do her work. Equally important, it takes nine to twelve months for your compost to become ready for use, be patient and keep adding greens and browns to top up your compost.
And if you attract and have earthworms, care for them too- they are EXCELLENT for your garden 🙂 See more here