Make Your Own Compost

It’s gardening season! RedFish Recycling, Brownsville, Texas

Gardening can be a lot of work but did you know that creating your own compost is easy to do and will save you money? Compost is made of recycled organic waste such as garden clipping and food waste. The organic waste is converted into fertilizer and used to condition soil for your garden.

So what can be composted? Most yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, vines, weeds, twigs and branches are compostable. Food wastes include fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds, eggshells and nutshells. When you create your compost pile, it’s important to add a variety of material instead of focusing on one.

Composting is pretty easy. All you need to do is create a pile of your compostable material and let nature do its job. For a more clean and tidy pile, create a permanent bin out of wood or bricks and place it in a sunny spot. Heat helps the decomposition process whereas a shady area will slow the process down. You don’t need to create a composting bin, but once again it does help keep your yard tidy.

Composting is easy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few chores. First, you want to make sure that you are adding new material here and there. Composting relies on bacteria to decompose the material, so adding fresh material will keep the bacteria working at a fast pace. When everything is broken down, the bacteria slow down.

Second, turn the pile with a shovel once a week to make sure the material is blended in and evenly distributed. Just picture it, if you don’t mix the compost pile then the top layer is just a layer of new material and the bottom layer is completely decomposed, leaving the middle as a weird mix of both.

Lastly, keep the compost pile damp. As you go through watering your garden, give your pile a little sprinkle. A dry compost pile will stop the process of decomposition, whereas too much water will leave you with a swampy mixture.

The final product should be a rich, dark, crumbly and sweet-smelling. Composting is a great idea for our fellow gardeners who spend a lot of time in their gardens. Composting not only saves gardeners money, but also reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfills. If you have any questions about reducing household wastes, ask us on our Facebook page.