Fall is soon upon us and the autumn season is the best time to begin composting. All those fallen leaves make this season the perfect time for starting your own compost bin. Today we are going to tell you how to go about composting this fall season.
To begin learning how to composting you need to have a compost bin. You have several options available to you. You can either buy a compost bin from a gardening or home improvement store or you can build your own. Or, if you have enough space available, you can create a compost pile instead of using a bin. Though this is not the recommended method, you can make it work for you. If you have a big pest problem than you will need to make sure your compost pile is enclosed. You can do this with mesh or fencing.
Once you have your compost bin (or compost pile) set up you need to begin adding in waste materials. There are an array of waste items that can be added to your compost. Kitchen scraps like vegetable peelings, fruit peelings, coffee grounds and eggshells are great option for compost. “Green” waste materials are also allowed. This includes things like grass clippings or fallen leaves. Certain scraps, like meat, are not advised because they take longer to decompose and make your compost smell extremely foul.
A key ingredient to making good compost is balancing the materials that you use. If your compost is completely balanced it will reach the right temperature and decompose properly. It will ensure your compost does not smell awful and decompose a lot quicker. This will help to ensure that the compost reaches the right temperature and decomposes properly. Most people find that, when starting out, it is easiest to layer green waste with kitchen waste. This is a great balance and helps you start out composting. As you get more experienced you can experiment a little more.
It is also essential that you turn your compost on a regular basis. A compost bin tumbler makes this easy because there is a crank on the side of the bin: all you have to do is turn it. If you do not have this nifty kind of compost bin than you will most likely have to turn the compost yourself. This can be achieved by using a shovel, or pitchfork. It is critical that this step is not overlooked. It is necessary to creating good compost.
Making compost does not require special skills. Learning to make compost is easy. After a few months of practice you can be completely proficient and have a rich and nutrition addition to your garden.