Getting your compost together

Compost is a great way to improve your soil quality and it’s easy to cultivate, when done correctly.

Here are some things to think about:

Tip 1: If you decide to set up a compost pile, make sure you have your brown/green ratio all set.   The basic idea is you want to put well chopped, 6″ layer of brown matter at the bottom of your compost pile (like dead leaves, hay, straw, sawdust, etc).  Once you have your “brown” layer down, add about 3″ of “green” organic matter (grass clippings, old vegatables, etc).  Next you rinse and repeat – literally.  You want to water each new layer thoroughly before adding more organic materials in.   After about two days, mix your layers together thoroughly.

Tip 2: It’s important that if you add in table scraps, you ensure they consist only of organic plant matter.   If you put in meat, bread, or other processed foods, your compost pile will become smelly and attract rats.  No good.

Tip 3: If you see heavy weather coming, throw a tarp over your compost pile.  If it gets too wet, it’ll have difficulty heating up and breaking down the materials which compose it properly.

Tip 4: Make sure you have a good spot for your compost pile.  You can put it in a pre-fabricated bin, have an area built, or stow your compost behind a barn or out-building.  It’s not the most attractive thing to look at, but should be easily accessable.  My compost pile is behind raised planters which conceal it completely from view.

Here’s to the new rich, fabulous soil.

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