We all routinely scrape off food scraps into the trash after meals, and, rake-up yard waste, shoving into a bag and put it into a large curbside container. In fact, it’s so routine that we combine plastics, papers, and food waste into one bag only to cinch it up a few times a week and throw it, like the grass clippings and pruning waste, into that same large curbside container. It’s picked-up and hauled away where it’s routed to one place or another to either decompose or be recycled.
Brentwood DIY Composting Made Easy
Many homeowners spend a lot of money at their local home improvement store, and, not just on upgrades and updates. Good money is also paid to help gardens, both plant and vegetable, grow. A great way to cut down or even out that cost is to compost at home.
Composting is the natural breakdown of organic matter to produce a crumbly nutrient-rich soil. The resulting compost can be added to other soil types as a fertilizer, forming an excellent growing medium for plants. By managing this natural process in your own garden, you can dispose of waste, and produce an agent that will improve the look and yield of any plants and flowers. Regardless of the size of your outdoor space, there will be a composting solution to suit your needs. —DIY Network
The food you normally throw out and all those landscape clippings have one thing in common: they’ll degrade and become food once again. It just depends on how they are handled, and, you can turn them into productive material by composting.
How to Do DIY Composting at Home
A really good piece of news is, that it’s easy to do-it-yourself, and, aside from the time and work for initial setup, only takes a little bit of effort. Here are five steps for DIY composting, and, four of them can be easily repeated:
- Create the right size enclosure. The composting phenomenon works through chemical reaction, which includes heat. The more heat that is generated, the better, so, your container should be at least 3′ x 3′ x 3′ is size, go a foot bigger in width, depth, and length for more heat.
- Balance green and brown as much as possible. Nitrogen and carbon are two other elements that ought to be balanced for good composting. Food scraps and grass clippings are mostly your greens, while things like paper and straw constitute the brown. These should be close to parity in order to get the best results.
- Chop it all up. The smaller, the better, because it will break down a lot faster and produce a more potent product. Chop all of it up as finely as you can so you are able to add more waste to it without it being too much for your container.
- Water now and again. While you ought to avoid soaking the composting waste, you should wet it now and again. The water will accelerate the process but too much is a bad thing. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, cover your container.
- Mix for air circulation. You can mix or aerate your compost pile to improve air circulation and to generate more heat. If this is something that you’d like to make a quick job, you can purchase and install a compost tumbler to just turn it and be done.
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