8 Easy Steps to Composting

Composting only takes about 6 months to complete! It is helping out our planet as we are re-using our waste to create greener gardens. And it is not hard to do at all:  all you need is the make the effort to walk from your house with your food scraps to the compost bin!

  1. Research and buy a composting bin.  Preferably a rotating compost bin so you don’t need to mix your own compost with a pitchfork or shovel.
  2. Mix 2 parts brown things (fall leaves, small twigs, straw, wood ashes) and one part green things (food scraps/ tea bags/ grass clippings)
  3. Chop up twigs and large kitchen scraps so they will break down more quickly.
  4. Keep your compost moist, but not too moist! You can let rain do this job for you or you yourself can water it.
  5. Keep turning your compost either manually or with a handy-dandy rolling compositor.  It needs air so it can decompose.
  6. When it is ready it will look and smell great  Use it on your garden.  Work it into the top layer of soil in between your plants.
  7. If you buy new soil work about one third of your new fertile compost into your soil- that’s if your soil  doesn’t already have compost in it.
  8. Sprinkle a little on your lawn! No more 1/4 inch thick.

If taken care of compost should smell just like fresh soil.  If it smells bad it just needs more air, so commence turning your pile every few weeks.  Worms can help with this and will migrate into your compost naturally or you can throw a few gently in.