While it is not the most beautiful conversation piece, compost does add many healthy benefits to your garden.
Starting a Backyard Compost
Think of it has a mud mask for your face. It keeps the soil aerated, provides nutrition to your seeds and growing vegetables, and is easy to use!
How do you get started? Well let’s get to the skinny.
To compost effectively you will need a small area, space or built structure to compost in.
Selecting a Method of Composting
Here are some various ways to select your compost method of preference:
–Buy a composter online through amazon or garden center
–Direct compost by digging a hole in your yard
–Build your own, we have seen some creative compost bins up-cycling pallets
See how we organized our compost bind in this video:
There are certain things you can compost and items that should not ever go in your compost.
Beneficial Items for Your Compost
Here is a good list of brown and green items that you can compost:
- Leaves (Dried out from previous season)
- Shredded Newspaper
- Brown Paper Bags
- Food Scraps
- Tea bags
- Coffee Grounds
- Grass Clippings
Harmful Things You Should NOT put in Your Compost
Here is a list of items that you should not ever compost:
- Diseased Plants
- Glossy Paper
Ideas for a Heathly Compost Concoction
Tips and tricks to creating healthy compost using both brown and green items:
- Ideal Ratio is 2/3 Brown to 1/3 Green
- Too much Green = Stinky Compost
- Too much Brown = Won’t Break Down
- Turn Compost Once a Week
- Add Water so Compost Stays Moist
Happy Composting! Keep us updated on your progress and reap the benefits of a healthy garden.