Making Your Own Compost

March 25, 2019

There are many benefits to using compost in your soil and to making it yourself. Compost will improve the texture of your soil, add nutrients, and make it an overall better place for your plants to flourish. Making your own compost is as easy and throwing some of your rubbish into a pile until you’re ready to use it. You can also avoid any smell or attracting unwanted animals to your compost pile when you use a compost bin. Before you jump into making your own compost, there are a few things you should know.

Hot vs Cold Compost

There are two different types of compost—hot and cold. Cold compost is very simple—it basically consists of collecting organic materials and allowing them time (about a year) to decompose. Then your cold compost is ready to go.

Hot composting is a little more work. It consists of collecting organic materials, during a warm weather season. Then watering the materials, breaking them down with a garden fork, and stirring them. You repeat this process for about three months until your compost is crumbly, broken down, brown, dry, and no longer hot.

Why You Should Make Your Own Compost

Making your own compost has many benefits. Homemade compost is made of all natural materials, allowing you to avoid harmful chemicals that can negatively impact your garden and the environment. When you make your own you can avoid “killer compost” or compost that contains herbicides that could kill your yard.

It’s free to make your own compost, and you know it’s safe to use. Compost can be made from waste that you already created, which will help you to reduce your waste by up to 30%. When you reuse this waste as compost, you’ll be much more eco-friendly.

How To Make Your Own Compost

To make your own compost, collect brown and green materials. Brown materials may include paper products, dry leaves, pine needles, wood chips, sawdust, twigs, bark, etc. Green materials may include egg shells, vegetable scraps, grass clippings, flowers, stems, coffee grounds, etc. Do your best to avoid adding any materials that have a strong smell—they may attract animals to your compost. You should also avoid adding anything that may potentially rot.

To make hot compost, layer your green and brown materials, alternating between the two until your compost pile sizable or bin is full. Next, you cook it. This means breaking it down until it’s okay to use. Sprinkle water over your compost until the pile is damp. Avoiding soaking it, as this may cause microorganisms to drown in your pile and leave it to rot. Once the pile is damp, stir it with a garden fork. This should be done in warm weather and the pile should be giving off some heat. Stir it thoroughly. As you do this over time, your compost will break down. After a few months, it will stop giving off heat and become dry, brown, and crumbled—that’s when you know it’s time to use.