So you have made the superb choice to make a compost pile in your own backyard. Whether you would like to make a backyard compost for its gardening or environmental benefits, below are simple steps to receive your pile started. But before you begin, you’ll need a bin, green cloth, brown cloth, a water source, and a gardening fork.
First, lets select a location to place your backyard compost pile. It is ideal to begin your heap in a well ventilated area (not too close to fences or walls-a few feet away is great ) that is suitable for you. Because this may be your first time composting, you might want to avoid putting your heap near your neighbors-the smell an inexperienced pile can give off can be a real nuisance.
Next, it’s time to select a bin. Using a bin is not always necessary, but I find that it makes backyard composting easier and neater. You can find one in your local nursery or hardware store. A good compost bin for a beginner would be approximately 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet, and ought to have holes or vents to allow for good air circulation. Since controlling how much moisture is in your heap is such an important part of backyard composting, your bin should have a lid which can be used to cover your heap when it rains or snows.
Now that you have a fantastic place and a bin, just add the ingredients! 1 part green to two parts brown appear to break down the fastest. Examples of browns are: dry leaves, twigs, or hay. Add water to the heap giving it an even slightly damp consistency–comparable to a moist sponge. For those who have added too much water, that’s okay, simply add more greens and/or browns as needed to soak some of the accessibility moisture up. Note that adding too many greens into your backyard compost may make it to smell bad.
Finally, all you’ve got to do now is perform some regular maintenance by turning or rotating the contents of your backyard compost with the gardening forkl once a week, and by adding more water as necessary. Your compost is ready once its original ingredients are unidentifiable-it will look dark brown in color, and will feel moist, and smell earthy. Usually, it takes about two weeks for garden compost to break down. Remove any portion of your heap that has composted, and use it as nutrient rich soil for your garden. You have easily produced a compost pile in your own backyard that will make Mother Earth proud and your garden flourish.