If you have a garden, you may wonder whether you should start a composting process to help your garden grow. Well, the answer is a resounding yes. Compost will act as a conditioner, fertilizer and mulch. It will also help the health of your plants, as well adding soil nutrients. And of course, let’s not forget that it helps the environment through the recycling of kitchen and yard wastes.
Here’s how you can easily create a compost pile that will be beneficial and will not smell bad.
- Choose an out-of-sight location that is close to both your garden and kitchen.
- You can either use a compost bin or create a compost corral. The bins generally look better, but a well-designed natural compost is just as effective.
- Whether you choose a bin or not just make sure that you can add the materials easily. It is also essential that you be able to turn the piles easily. If you live in an especially rainy area, make sure you compost heaps are covered.
- The two main elements of compost are garden debris that is green, such as grass clippings and brown debris, such as dry leaves. The compost should be two parts brown to one part green. Add a shovel of garden soil, which will add the microbial element.
- Add water so that the material resembles a damp sponge. Adding too much water will create unwanted odors.
- The pile should be turned once a week, moving the material from the outside to the inside.
- Your compost should be finished and ready to use in about two months.