How to Make Your Own Compost Pile

To a lot of people, composting is one of those tiresome tasks that they’d rather skip. It’s easy to think that just because you don’t have a green thumb, then that means you can’t compost. There are tons of benefits of composting such as helping in waste reduction in landfills and dumping sites. Composting is very environment-friendly and here are some tips on how you can get started:

  • Decide Where to Compost

If you have an outdoor space, a backyard, or a lawn, then you can compost outside the house. Be sure to find a location that’s not too near the house but also not very far that you’ll be inconvenienced each time you carry scraps and wastes to your pile. You can also do it indoors using a compost bin.

  • Build Your Compost Pile

You have two options if you’re composting outside: you can start a pile inside a bin or you can start a pile on the ground. When building your pile underground, the pile must be buried at least eight inches underground. Keep pests and other animals from ruining your pile by building a fence around the pile.

  • Put Soil

Once you’ve started you pile, the next step is to add soil and food scraps into your pile know which food scraps you can put into your pile. Citrus peels for example, doesn’t belong in the pile because the acidity of the peel can kill worms.

  • Add Leftovers

Make sure the pile has the right ratio of browns and greens. Twigs, dead leaves, shredded paper all belong to browns while coffee grounds, tea leaves, and food waste belong to greens. The ideal ratio of browns to greens is 2:1. Keep the pile moist and damp by adding water.

  • Regular Maintenance

Every two weeks, check on your compost pile and see the quality of the compost. Stir and mix the pile as part of regular maintenance. Add some water if the pile seems dry.Learn more about the right way to compost at home by visiting Disadvantage.