Gardening is one of the oldest and most useful of hobbies that a homeowner can engage in. If you have ever thought about starting a garden or already have one then it must be stated that one of the most important elements is the soil. Getting a rich soil that is chock full of nutrients will help promote growth for all of your plants and vegetables. One easy and affordable way to ensure that your garden will have great soil and that your pocketbook won’t be hit too hard is to start a compost bin. So we have gone ahead and developed an easy to follow guide that will assist you in getting one started.
- Pick out an appropriate container for your compost. This may seem like a rather obvious choice, and it is. However, don’t let the simplicity of this point keep you from getting the right container. You don’t need to worry about looks for this part because it’s going to be holding decaying matter! Still, you want to make sure that you get a container that will create the best environment for the composting process. You can start a compost bin with a simple crate that has a lid or a ventilated cage that is constructed with wire fence materials. Some of the best and easiest setups are the rotating plastic bins that can be bought online or at your local hardware store.
- Make sure you put the right stuff into your bin. When you’re developing a compost it is important to balance the ingredients. Make sure that you’re getting an even distribution of brown and green plant material. For the brown plant material you can use wood chips or even newspaper. The green plant material can be grass clippings and kitchen waste. It is also recommended that you refrain from putting meat or fish in as these can attract animals.
- Rotate your bin frequently. Your compost heap will need to be turned over on a regular basis in order for the process of decomposition to really work well. If you have a stationary box then you can use a pitchfork or compost aerator. If you have a rotating box then simply rotate. It is recommended that you do this every 1-2 weeks.
Once you’ve got a pile of compost you’re now ready to introduce it into your garden. Now you can sit back and watch the growing happen!
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