Composting Guide for Beginners


Composting yard waste, food scraps, and other ingredients also means composting rich nutrients for your plants and garden. Home composting is actually a great idea to help the environment while being green at the same time. Plus, it delivers major benefits to your garden. The basics below are important information for beginners to learn. Check this out.

  • The Benefits of Compost to Your Garden

You can sprinkle the compost on the ground or work it in the soil for even more thorough work. Both will deliver the same benefits. Compost incorporated organic matters that actually feed macro and microorganism. These will organisms maintain the soil health. Compost actually releases nutrients slowly to enrich the soil. It inhibits erosion and reduces soil compaction as well. There are more benefits you will find and all ends up to better soil and great harvests.

  • Tools for Composting

Composting requires very few tools. You need pitchfork or compost fork to toss and hoist the entire organic matters efficiently. You also need spade or shovel to turn the almost finished compost or to simply incorporate the finished compost into your garden. Last, you also need spray nozzle and hose. Your hose needs to reach the compost pile and you will need the nozzle to adjust the spray level. If you have these three, you are set.

  • Mix Green and Brown Compost Ingredients

Brown ingredients provide energy for the decomposer. These ingredients include paper products, saw dusts, pine needles, straw, woody plant trimmings, and dry leaves. Meanwhile, green ingredients provide nitrogen to the decomposer. These include feathers, fur, hair, manure, grass clippings, leafy plant trimmings, coffee grounds and filters, and kitchen scraps. If you maintain to feed the composting organisms with these ingredients, you are on the right way.

  • Keep These Out of Your Compost

There are several items that should be prevented of getting into your compost. It’s not a trash can so basically not all organic matters are appropriate to add. You need to get rid of ashes from charcoal barbecues as it has sulfur oxides. Ashes from wood stoves and fireplace are also bad due to its alkaline content. Plant material that is disease or insect infected as they tend to survive during composting.

Basically, you need a good formula for the ingredients and using the right tools to work it. It isn’t hard as it looks. If you want to keep your garden neat, a bin will help. Choose one that helps in turning process for a beginner. Good luck!