4 Steps To Start A Compost Pile

Compost is of vital importance in organic farming and it can be done in 4 easy steps, even if you haven’t done it before.

Compost improves the fertility of our organic garden and you are also doing it with the remains of the kitchen and the garden, so you get completely free organic compost while you recycle!

Let’s see the 4 steps to start a compost pile

1. Where to create the pile: you don’t need to have a container or container to make the compost, you can do it directly on the ground. Look for an area with little traffic but at the same time, it is accessible. However, if you want to do it in a container, you do not need to buy any, you can use a garbage can, or several, to which you will remove the base so that the compost is in direct contact with the ground and you will also make some holes, the thickness of a pencil (more or less), on its walls and if you want to make it even more practical you can make a door on one side of the base through which you will take out the compost when it is ready. And you already have your compost bin.

2. Accumulate «things» to put in the compost heap: from the kitchen, we can add all leftovers of fruits and vegetables (which have not been cooked), coffee or tea grounds, eggshells and avoid adding leftovers of meat, fish, bones, processed foods, pet or dairy feces. From the outside you can take advantage of adding pruning remains unwanted herbs, leaves and basically what is generated in the garden orchard.

3. The compost layers: start by adding a dry layer, something like dry leaves, sawdust or straw. Then add the remains of the kitchen, add a layer of soil or any other dry material (sawdust, dry leaves, straw), and another layer with the remains of the garden, add a little water to provide some moisture, but without to flood. You can add layers following this pattern. You should always finish with a layer of sawdust on top.

4. When it can be used: in approximately 3 or 4 months the compost is ready to be used. If you do not use it in that period nothing happens, it does not “expire”

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