Compost is one of the key components to a healthy garden and there is no reason why you can’t make your own. It will save you the cost of buying it come springtime and you can use household food waste at the same time keeping it out of the landfills. That is why you should make your own compost, now let’s look at just how to do it.
What to Put in Your Composter
You can put in uncooked vegetable waste, fruit, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea leaves, flowers, leaves, and grass clippings. Make sure that you don’t put in things that don’t belong, never ever put meat in your composter or you will end up with vermin.
Where to Put Your Composter
You can get a composter from your local garden center or home improvement store. Find an out of the way place in your yard to put the composter. It is far easier just to buy the composter than try making your own. It takes very little space and it gets to the right temperature for decomposition quickly. It keeps the contents at the right temperature and humidity levels and you get your much needed compost much quicker.
Your compost is going to need to reach at least 122 degrees and you need oxygen so it will have to be mixed. If the temperature gets too high then you start losing nutrients. If the temperature doesn’t get high enough that means you won’t get the compost that you need for your garden. Too low temps are usually because of the level of humidity and that can easily be fixed.
Humidity is necessary for decomposition to take place and you want to keep the humidity to somewhere between 50 and 60% and it needs to be that humid all of the time. You will also need to mix your compost on a regular basis so that you get adequate oxygen. It will take a couple of months for your compost to mature, you know it is done when the compost is very dark and almost powdery in texture. Your compost should smell like soil not like something that is still rotting.
You can add fertilizer to your compost to make it even richer. If you have a lot of yard waste then you might want to add potassium and phosphorous. Before you add it to your garden you may want to run it through a sieve to get rid of any sticks and stones. Once your compost is ready to go then you can apply it to the surface of your soil. Then you can plant whatever flowers or vegetables you want in deep rich soil.