How to Make Your Own Compost

The benefits of compost

Before we get deep into how you can make your own compost, it is imperative that you understand the benefits that compost can bring to your garden. The most important benefit of all is that is enriches your soil with nutrients. Generally, soil isn’t too high in nutrients, and adding compost can really help make your plants healthy and lively due to the nutrients compost adds to the ground. Compost also helps retain the moisture that is added to the soil during rain or watering. This helps in providing the plants with more water for longer durations, essentially adding to their strength and longevity. Compost attracts and helps with the production of bacteria which further break down the compost into hummus, which is great for plants due to its being rich in nutrients. Compost plays a crucial role in preventing certain pests and diseases too. These reasons combined make compost invaluable and imperative for your garden. Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what compost can provide and motivation for actually making it, let’s jump straight into how you can produce you own compost.

How to make compost

Making compost is a relatively simple process. All you’re going to need is a large container to hold it while it’s being made. Generally you’ll be better off with a large compost bin with wheels, as it makes carrying the compost around a much easier task. If you don’t have a compost bin, then don’t worry; any large sized bin will do perfectly.

bin for making compost

To actually start the compost producing procedure, you’ll have to start adding any organic plant pieces you have. What would generally be thrown out in the garbage, you’ll now be storing in your compost bin. Those organic pieces can be anything, ranging from remnants of a lawn mowing session, or the left over clippings from when you’ve sheared your plants to make them neat. This isn’t necessarily confined to what comes from your garden either; you can add any vegetable leftovers from the kitchen as well.

Keep adding small quantities of water to the mixture occasionally. Make sure that you’re adding just enough to keep the mixture moist. Adding too much water will result in counter productivity, as this will cause the microorganisms in the mixture to die off, which will ultimately result in your mixture rotting and going to waste.

If the mixture is performing as it should be, then it will be nice and warm. If it isn’t warm after some time, then you may have made a mistake in the process or added too much water. If it is beginning to become warm, then you’re on the right track. A moderate stirring of the mixture can speed up the process.  Keep the light moisturizing routine up, and keep going for an approximate 3 months. This is around the time when the decomposition process will have completed.

compost processed for gardening

Once complete, the mixture will lose its warmth, and will have a hard, brown and soil like texture. It is now ready to be used.