How do you maintain a compost heap

Maintaining a compost heap may be quite a task

Many individuals who maintain gardens have a large amount of organic waste, from grass clippings to leaves and dead plants. Unfortunately, many waste a lots of money and time transporting these organic waste to the landfill. It is not only the waste of good compost but also everything that goes into the process of transporting – the garbage man’s time, the amount you spend for the removal etc.

All these garbage that people are trying to get rid of can be a better supplement for your garden than any fertilizer or chemical. If you properly simplify the decomposition of all of the waste materials, and this will change chemically until it is in such a state that it can be nothing but beneficial nutrition for other plants. So you can turn all the things you would have thrown away into a best fertilizer for your garden.

Choose the right location for your compost heap

Typically compost is conserved in a pile somewhere in your backyard. Many think that compost heap will be a hindrance as it might give horrid odor from the rotten garbage. However, if you maintained it properly, you will get the best of compost and that too without any offensive odor. When I first began my compost pile in an effort to improve environmental health, I made several major errors. These includes preventing the pile from the oxygen it truly needed, and keeping it to dry. It ended up decomposing in a very non-beneficial way, and the odor was so foul that I had people knocking at my door to complain.

When choosing your spot where you will be putting all of these materials, try for a higher square footage. A really deep pile of compost is not a good idea to have. Generally the deeper sections won’t be exposed to anything that is required for the process to work. It is always better to spread it all out over a large area. If you have a shed or a tool shack of some sort, it is an option to spread it over the roof. I have seen this done many times. It helps the pile keep out of the way while still managing a large square footage.

What can be included in a compost heap

A compost heap can consist of any organic garbage from your yard, garden or kitchen. This includes leaves, grass, any leftover food that won’t be eaten, or newspaper. Keep in mind there shouldn’t be more newspapers as it takes longer time to decompose. If you have a barrel dedicated to storing all of these things then it may fill up within several weeks. It is quite easy to yield compost, but the hard part truly comes in getting it to compost.

Moisten the whole pile after you have started to get a large mixture of materials in your compost heap. This catalyse the process of composting. Also cut every element of the pile into smallest pieces possible. As the materials start to compress and mix together as they decompose, often head outside and aerate the pile. You can also use a spade to mix all the materials, or an aeration tool to poke many tiny holes into it. By doing this, will accelerate the oxygen flow to each part of the pile, and oxygen is required for any decomposition to take place.

Dispose the compost to your garden

If maintaining a compost pile sounds interesting for you, then start seeing at different locations. The toughest part about maintaining a pile is identifying a place that provides enough square footage without disturbing on the rest of your yard or garden. While you can prevent the horrible odors that most people associate with compost heaps. On the other hand it’s still not a nice thing to look at whenever you go for a walk in your garden.

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