How to Make Your Own Compost

If you are a keen gardener then you will know how important a good compost is when it comes to planting either new additions to your garden or reinvigorating the plants that you have for a new season. But like everything in gardening buying compost is not particularly cheap, so the answer is to make your own. It is far easier than you might expect and will provide you with good quality compost throughout the year.

The Basic Elements Needed

The first thing that should be made clear is that unlike so many garden chores that take up a great deal of physical effort, making your own compost takes little energy once the compost box is built and that is your first step.

Find the Right Container

Find the Right Container
Find the Right Container

The size of your compost container really depends on how big your garden is, and how much compost you will use. The structure or container for your compost container does not have to be fancy, just something that holds all the elements together as the bacteria does its work. Usually there are two types of compost bins, rotating and stationery just remember the compost has to be regularly turned to provide oxygen to the decaying matter. A rotating bin is sometimes called a compost tumbler, and these containers make it really easy to turn the matter over. A stationery bin can be made from just about anything as long as it can retain both moisture and heat.

Choose the Right Organic Matter

Choose the Right Organic Matter

For the best compost you should be looking at mixing both green and brown garden matter. When you start your mix the addition of shredded newspaper and wood chips is a good idea to start as a base. Next pile in some brown leaves fallen from your trees and add to this your grass clippings after you have cut your lawn. These will add moisture to your mix which is an essential part of getting the bacteria into your compost. Resist throwing in household waste such as leftover foods as these will just attract pests into your garden and are more trouble than they are worth. If your compost seems slow at taking then there are some good activators on the market to speed things up a little. 

Don’t Forget to Tend Your Compost

In the main once a compost bin has taken and bacteria starts to form there really is little maintenance that you have to do. As well as producing top quality compost your bin is the perfect place to put all your garden waste, such as plant pruning, lawn mowing, and discarded leaves shed from the trees. Every fortnight takes a pitchfork and turn the compost over, this is known as aerating the compost and also blends the different components of your compost together. Check if the mixture is damp enough as too little moisture will end up slowing the decomposing process down, but too much moisture is bad also as your compost will end up just like a quagmire. If you follow these great tips then you will have a constant source of totally free compost and your garden will bloom.