January 28, 2022 2 min read
Anything natural that will decompose over time can go in a compost pile or bin, resulting in a nutrient-rich soil bursting with oxygen, bacteria, water and organic matter.
A general rule is that you need an equal mix of materials rich in nitrogen and carbon. These can be separated into two categories.
Using a container for your composting, and choosing the best place to put it will prevent it from being exposed to extremes in moisture and temperature. The more consistent the conditions are the more efficiently the bacteria and fungi can convert your waste to compost.
These items will attract pests to your pile, negatively impact the vital organisms, prove impossible to compost or may even be dangerous to you and your garden’s health.
Making sure you have enough air in the compost is also important. If it becomes too wet or compacted, then the process will become very slow. Turning it every now and then will reintroduce air and help you assess the moisture levels.
There’s probably too much water and not enough air. You can balance this out by adding more brown waste.
Add some more green waste.
You’ve managed to get the balance right and it’s now mature and ready to use! Depending on the conditions, you could have compost within a couple of months.