Start Composting for Lawn and Garden
Edited by Robbi, Lynn, Eng, Christine Cruz
How to Start Composting for Your Garden and Lawn
Composting is a great way to make sure that you have lots of homemade fertilizer for your plants. It's more natural and more readily available and it saves the earth by adding a lot less chemical fertilizer to your garden. In addition, it is healthier for you. It is also a big part of green living since it keeps so much "garbage" out of landfills.
The best part of composting is that it isn't difficult to get started. It does take a little effort, but how much effort you have to put into it is determined by what kind of equipment you get. You can buy a lot of high tech composting materials or you can simply begin a small compost pile in your back yard that you move daily with a shovel or pitchfork.
Steps to Creating a Compost Pile
- 1Determine where you are going to put your composter or your compost heap. You need to figure this out first so that you will be able to determine the type and size of composter that you will be able to get or to determine a place where it won't be disturbed.Advertisement
- 2Next, figure out how much money you have to spend on your composting bin. Simple styles that you build yourself can cost next to nothing, but you can also spend hundreds of dollars on some of the biggest and most durable composters. You can also simply dig a small pit in your yard. The worms are going to be very valuable tools to help you compost.Advertisement
- 3That being said, once you know how much space and money you have available, you will need to figure out the style of composter that will suit you and your yard best. Probably the most basic type of composter that you can get is a wooden frame surrounded by chicken wire. This sits on the ground and you have to turn the compost with a shovel. You can also choose barrel-style composters that you can turn with a crank.
- 4Get your composter set up on your property, and make sure that it is ready to be used.
- 5Now you can start collecting organic materials to compost. Lawn clippings, leaves, kitchen scraps, and other similar items are perfect.
- 6Put your composting materials into your bin. If you have a tumbling bin, it doesn't matter how you put stuff in it. If you have a bin you must turn by hand, then you may want to layer kitchen scraps in with lawn clippings so that everything heats up at the same rate.
- 7Add a little water so everything can break down, but not so much that everything is soaked. The contents of your composting bin should be damp.
- 8Now you need to let the materials break down. How long it takes for everything to break down is dependent on what you put in the bin, as well as the type of bin you have, and how hot the center of the compost pile gets.
- 9Once the plant materials have broken down, you will have nice, brown soil. If you're putting the compost in your garden, it doesn't matter if it has some small chunks in it, since these will continue to break down. If you're putting it on your lawn, you may have to wait until everything is completely broken down.
- Most cities do allow composting on your property, but just to make sure there are no problems down the road, you should check into your local laws and ordinances.
- Make sure you look into some of the things that you should not compost. *Weeds that have seeds on them should not be composted, since the seeds can survive the process.
- Don't try to compost meat or dairy products, since these will likely smell bad.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Lynn, Robbi