How to Start a Compost Pile


If you are ready to take the plunge and you decide to start a compost pile right now, you are reading the right page. If this is your first time, you may not know what to do and where to begin. No worries! The following guide will get you well covered. Know what you need to provide and learn how to do it right here.

What You Need to Provide

There are several things you need to prepare first:

  1. Brown materials that are carbon rich. It includes shredded newspapers, dead flowers from the garden, straws, and fall leaves.
  2. Green materials that are nitrogen rich. It includes barnyard animal manure and never from the carnivores like dogs or cats, fruit rinds, vegetable peelings, and grass clippings.
  3. One or two shovelful of garden soil
  4. A space. At least three feet times three feet long and wide square.

Let’s Start!

The steps are simple. They are as follow:

  1. Start a layer of the brown materials. It needs to be several inches thick. Spread the layer in the exact place where you want to start the pile.
  2. Top the first layer with several inches of the green materials.
  3. Spread a thin layer of soil.
  4. Add a layer of the brown materials once again.
  5. Moist the three layers you just add.

Expert Finish

You should continue adding the layers. Try adding three parts of the brown materials and one part of the green material. Keep layering until it reaches three feet of height. It takes time sometimes to gather the materials but keep going.

Every several weeks, shovel the pile. Move the stuff at the center to the outside and vice versa. When you see heat or steam as you move it, it is an indication that it starts decomposing. Once you see the earthworm, you get what you want. Take out the finished compost and start a new pile with materials that aren’t decomposed yet.

Additional Tips

You don’t have to use a bin but many gardeners use it to keep their piles neat and tidy. Several bins are specially designed to be helpful in turning process. If you don’t like the hustle, buying on of these bins makes a great alternative.

In sum, piling your own compost isn’t that hard. It takes time to gather all of the materials and to wait for the decomposition, but it is worth the effort. Besides the turning, it doesn’t take a lot of effort as well. Don’t hesitate. Try now and enjoy your work result.