Each year in the spring, people venture outdoors to begin planting their gardens and flower beds. The allure of warm, gentle days seems to call out the winter hermits in an act of reseeding the world with beauty and divine scents. One thing that does not make sense is the amount of money spent on commercial fertilizers and compost. Home composting is free and makes some of the best fertilizer in the world.
Sure, it does take some time but if you start work on it early you can have rich, dark soil by the time planting season comes around. Home composting is environmentally friendly and once you know what can be composted and what cannot, you will be on your way to being eco-friendly.
In this article the basics of home composting will be covered such as what it actually is technically and how you can begin your own compost heap in your own backyard.
What type of materials can be used for Home Composting
Any organic material can be broken down. There are some exceptions such as eggshells that take too long to break down that it would seem futile to add them to your compost pile. They will add texture though so it may work out in your benefit. Yard wastes, food wastes and even animal wastes can be added to your compost heap. Each one will add a certain chemical element that will enrich the finished product. The resulting soil will be an incredible boon to your garden, flower beds or yard, and you will be amazed at how the cycle of home composting occurs.
What can I use to help the material break down
If you want your home composting material to break down faster, you are going to need to keep it aerated, moist and broken into smaller pieces.
You can also help break down the material by adding worms and other small insects into the pile that will help eat the organic material. Their waste products are filled with great nutrients for the soil, and before long you will have a compost heap that is ready to hit the garden to begin the cycle all over again.
It is a circle of life that is a great example of Mother Nature at her finest and shows what recycling can do for the environment.
What can I do with my compost once it is done
When your compost heap is broken down back into fertilizer, you can use it in a variety of ways.
- You can use it in your garden.
- You can use it on your lawn,
- You can use it in your flower beds.
Anywhere you use fertilizer, you can use your compost material. It is that incredibly versatile and let us not forgets to mention that it is free. That is the best reason of all to compost your organic material.
How do I prepare the materials for Home Composting
Start preparing your compost pile by breaking up the materials into manageable pieces. The object is to help the materials break down or decompose faster.
Larger pieces will hinder the process.
A shredder works wonders for yard trimmings.
If you are using manure, you will want to take a pitchfork and break up the clumps before adding them into the pile. Try to keep the pieces to sizes around the shape of a leaf if it is at all possible. If you can keep them even smaller to help speed up the home composting process that much faster and before long, you will have a mound of fertilizer to use however you see fit.