4 Steps of Making Compost
Use several types of organic matter for best results. The more you incorporate different ingredients, the more nutritious your compost will be! Larger quantities: dried grass clippings, leaves, veggie & fruit scraps, tea bags, shredded newspaper, straw, poultry manure. Limited quantities: corn cobs, shredded bark, pine needles, sawdust, coffee grounds.
Make those green and brown materials SMALL before adding them to your compost pile. Avoid the urge to just toss in large hunks of plant, veggie or fruit scraps. That way, you speed up nature’s process of breaking down organic material. Cantaloupe rinds? Chop ’em. ✂️Newspapers? Rip ’em.
Water is critical to the composting process; keep an eye on your compost pile and add water as needed. You want it to feel like a damp, wrung out sponge. Remember, your compost should be not too wet, not too dry.
Whether you spin it in a compost spinner or use a shovel or pitchfork to turn and blend your pile, you’ll speed up the decomposition process by moving your compost. This gets the outside material to the inside of the pile – where the heat is – which helps the breaking down of organic materials.