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Composting 101: How to Start a Compost Pile

How to Start a Compost Pile

How to Start a Compost Pile

What is compost?

Compost is decayed organic matter that is a great plant fertilizer, also known as black gold.

How does it work?

Oxygen-powered micro-organisms break down the organic matter by digesting it. Over time, secretions from these soil organisms result in a crumbly, fragrant humus. The only ingredients necessary for successful compost include air, water, green material and brown material.

What to add to the pile

Nitrogen (Fresh Greens)
• Grass
• Vegetable and fruit waste
• Weeds
• Coffee grounds
• Manure from herbivores
• Eggshells

Carbon (Dry Browns)
• Dead leaves
• Hay or straw
• Pine needles
• Sawdust
• Shredded paper and cardboard
• Wood ash

Don’t Add
• Oily or fatty food
• Animal products or by-products
• Manure from carnivores

Keep the pile moist

The pile needs to be kept moist to do its job, so if rain isn’t sufficient be sure to water the pile so that it is moist but not soggy.

Turn the pile

Every couple of weeks or so, aerate the pile by turning it over with a shovel, turning the tumbler or using a compost aerator.



By | 2017-04-25T05:11:59+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments