What is compost? Compost is made when plant materials break down and become part of the soil. This process of decomposition is important because that’s how nutrients are added to soil, which make plants grow healthier. Here are some tips to make your own compost:
Have a container. There are several different types, from a simple 3-sided bin to containers on a stand that turn with a hand crank. Do a little homework and decide what works best for you and your space.
The contents of your container should be about 50% brown material and 50% green material. Brown material includes shredded newspaper, wood chips and dry leaves. Green material includes grass clippings and kitchen scraps.
Do not put meat or dairy scraps in your compost. Animal fats don’t decompose the same way that plant matter does and it attracts pests such as raccoons and other meat-eaters.
Place some sticks on the bottom of the pile to create some airflow.
Alternate layers of green and brown materials and give the pile a good stir about once a week to create pockets of air and to help facilitate the decomposition process.
Every time to add material to your compost pile, check to see if it’s damp. If the pile is too dry, there will not be enough moisture to decompose the materials. If it is too wet, the pile will be slimy.
With just a little maintenance, your compost will turn into crumbly, rich soil that your plants will love!
Why do plants like compost? Decomposed plant matter produces fulvic acid, which is Mother Nature’s “Miracle Gro”!