Composting is easy, but you’re here because you want to learn how to compost. Let me introduce you to a few methods that have helped composters all around the world. Would you like rich fertile soil from your veggie waste? Me too, so I gathered the best from “turning” to “nitrogen carbon mix”. Let’s get into this article!
Method One: Give Your Compost Time
No matter what vegetation or even carbs in you put in your pile, it will eventually turn to soil. However, you are forwarded, certain plants can’t take certain level of whatever you may put into your mix. Like if you put a bunch of oranges in the mix and the plants you’re growing don’t need nitrogen or can’t handle citrus. Make sure to know what your plants need. If you put something a little funky in your soil, add more vegetables and give it time.
Method Two: Turning Your Compost
Many people think that just piling food on top of each other and then you’ll have good soil. Well, they’re not wrong, but if you add air in-between it will finish sooner! Thats right, if you mix your compost, it will turn to soil quicker than sitting in a pile. Turning compost is hard work, so something like a compost tumbler or cement mixer comes in handy. Aerating compost is the way to go.
Method Three: Watering
You can leave the water from your rotting vegetables as the water source for your soil but if you had water, the enzymes process the compost quicker. Talk about speeding up your compost. Just like any living organism, good soil needs water to thrive. The right amount of water can do wonders. Too much water can wash away all the good stuff. Make sure you water till water drains out the bottom holes but not more. Soggy compost is not good. It should be light and fluffy in all stages, even with food in it.
Method Four: Nitrogen to Carbon Mix
Make sure your doing a proper 50:50 Nitrogen to Carbon mix. That means nitrogen being fresh fruit and vegetables and carbon being dried leaves and dead grass. With a half of each, they can grow together the perfect compost mix ready to feed your plants. Finding Nitrogen is easy, as its your table scraps, but Carbon might be a little harder. When/if you cut the grass, let the grass dry in the sun till brown, then add it to your pile. Or when the leaves change to hard and crunchy. These are both great Carbon sources for your compost.
Now you know how to compost and quite beautifully at that. Put it to the test and try it out. Make your own soil and paste it to the dirt for your fruits and vegetables.
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