8 Tips for Backyard Composting
Many people want natural fertilizer to create a healthy yard or to help grow fresh vegetables without pesticides. Making compost yourself is an easy way to do it, but if you’ve never tried, or you’ve been a city dweller for too long and need help, here are 8 Tips for Backyard Composting.
Buying a Composter. Before you buy a composter, think about how much you will be composting and what you can handle. How large is your yard? Can you turn the compost yourself, or will you want a handy tumbler? Don’t forget aesthetics Wooden beehive composters blend in with the foliage in your yard and never look out of place.
Size Matters. Nature creates compost rather easily. However, when you’re doing it yourself, make sure you have the right sized It should be small enough to reach the ideal heat for microbial activity and large enough for air to reach the center.
Watering and Turning. Fertilizer stinks. Consistently turning the compost reduces the smell. It also helps break everything down while airing the pile. Provide just enough water to keep it damp or use composters that are designed for self-watering.
Greens and Browns. There are two types of compost – “greens” and “browns.” Greens are made up of organic materials, like vegetables, coffee grounds, and egg shells. These will create nitrogen-rich compost. When you’re backyard composting and want fertilizer that’s richer in carbon, go with the browns and use leaves, newspaper, and straw instead.
Quick Compost. It takes approximately 12 months before compost is ready for use. If you want your backyard composting to go faster, try “hot composting.” Get the microbial activity to the perfect level. This will shorten your wait time to under three months. To do this, you must get the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio right. You may have to purchase some equipment to do it, but if you’re an adamant gardener, it’s worth it.
What Not to Include. There are certain things that do not make for great backyard composting. You do not want to put meats or dairy products in your pile. Doing so will not only ruin the compost, it will also draw crowds of raccoons and other scavengers. Avoid putting diseased plants or weeds like dandelions in the compost as well.
Dark Matter. When your compost is ready for use, your bin will have some dark, spongy material at the bottom. That material is nutrient-rich. Instead of using chemicals, use this dark matter to block weeds from growing or use it to mulch your garden. It improves the quality of the soil too.
They may not be pleasant to pick up, but these wiggly things are experts at breaking down waste. The moisture and warmth in a compost pile make the perfect environment for worms, so let them do some of the heavy lifting for you.
When you begin your backyard composting, remember these 8 tips and enjoy an attractive, healthy, and chemical-free garden.