So you’ve made the wonderful decision to make a compost pile in your own backyard. Whether you would like to create a backyard compost because of its gardening or environmental benefits, below are easy steps to get your pile started. But before you begin, you’ll need a bin, green cloth, brown cloth, a water source, and a gardening fork.
First, lets select a location to put your backyard compost pile. It’s ideal to start your heap in a well ventilated place (not too close to fences or walls-a few feet away is good) that is suitable for you. Because this may be your first time , you may want to avoid placing your heap near your neighbors-the smell an inexperienced pile can give off can be quite a nuisance.
Next, it is time to select a bin. With a bin is not always necessary, but I find it makes backyard composting easier and neater. You can find one at your local nursery or hardware store. A good compost bin for a beginner would be approximately 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet, and ought to have vents or holes to allow for good air circulation. Since controlling how much moisture is in your heap is such a significant part of backyard composting, your bin should have a lid that can be used to cover your heap when it rains or snows.
Now that you have a good place and a bin, simply add the ingredients! One part green to two parts brown seem to break down the fastest. Greens are substances such as: grass clippings, kitchen vegetable, opossum control and fruit scraps. Examples of browns are: dry leaves, twigs, or hay. Add water to this heap giving it an even slightly moist consistency–like a moist sponge. Use your gardening fork to blend well. If you have added too much water, that’s okay, just add more greens and/or browns as needed to soak some of the accessibility moisture up. Be aware that adding too many greens into your backyard compost may make it to smell bad.
Finally, all you’ve got to do now is do some regular maintenance by rotating or turning the contents of your backyard compost with the gardening forkl once a week, and by adding more water as necessary. Your compost is ready once its first ingredients are unidentifiable-it will look dark brown in color, and will feel moist, and smell earthy. Usually, it takes about two weeks for garden compost to break down. Remove any portion of your pile that has composted, and use it as nutrient rich soil for your garden. You have easily created a compost pile in your backyard that would make Mother Earth proud and your garden flourish.