With so many ways to compost in the gardening world, how do you know which one will suit you the best? Let’s take a look at a few composts and how to best use them in your garden, as well as what items you should steer clear of when putting together your compost pile.
This is for the more serious gardener. If you want to create a longer term compost with a bit more effort, you need to start with a hot compost. This involves nitrogen, carbon, air and water which cooks the compost faster and breaks it down to microorganisms to feed your plants with nutrients.
This compost consists of your everyday items you can find in the kitchen and garden. Egg shells, food scraps, grass clippings, newspaper and straw will break down together to give you a great little added extra boost to your gardens nutrients. Continue to water the compost to help it break down quicker.
It’s important that your compost gets as much oxygen as possible. Give it a turn every week or so, depending on the temperature. If it’s warmer, it will help it cook quicker, so turning it twice a week will help to enhance it’s microorganism count. This will also help it from developing a bad odour, if you smell this, it means the pile has been settled for too long.
What NOT to Compost
You might feel as if you can throw any sort of scrap on the compost pile, but some items will actually deter the critters you want in the garden. Items containing any oils, animal faeces, sawdust or meat. These will attract insects to your garden that will only damage them, so steer clear of these when composting at home.