Composting for a Healthy Garden
The only thing that stops most people from trying to compost is the fear that it’s messy and smelly. Composting done properly is actually neither of those things, and we’re going to help you put together some of the best soil builder around!
Some of the things to collect for composting are scraps that ordinarily end up in the trash. Fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, and coffee grounds. From outside your home, you can save grass and plant clippings, straw, dry leaves, and sawdust (untreated wood only). Do NOT include anything with meat, oil, or fat. You also don’t want weeds, diseased plants, or pet waste.
As soon as you have enough to make a pile at least 3 feet deep, begin by combining brown and green items, alternating each colors. If it’s too wet (or smells) add more brown items. If it seems like it is drying out, add more green
Regularly water your compost pile. Don’t overdo it, but it should be like a damp sponge. As the materials decompose, the pile should begin to feel warm.
Regularly mix the pile to keep introducing oxygen. About once a week, use a garden fork to “stir” the compost. This helps the decomposition process.
You are ready to use this amazing creation! When the compost is no longer warm and is dry, you are ready to add about 4 to 6 inches to your garden or flower bed. You’ll be giving your plants an astounding amount of nutrients and give them a great chance at helping you make a thriving garden. And all you did was throw some old scraps and grass clippings together and let nature do her magic!