How To Compost At Home And What You Can Do With It

Posted on: 27 February 2018

You have probably heard of compost but weren't really sure what goes into it or what you can do with it. Compost is taking natural waste and allowing it to break down into the soil with extra hydrogen and nutrients that can benefit your garden, flowers, and grass to help them grow. You can use your own waste at home in order to make your own compost and use it in the gardens around your home. See below on how to compost at home.

Find A Container

You can use a container such as a garbage can, or an open-air container such as a wooden bin with a lid lined with chicken wire or mesh. You can also just place the pile right on the ground (away from your home). You can also purchase a specialty compost bin from your local hardware store. 

Start Saving Your Leftover Waste

Some of your daily leftovers could be used as compost, so don't just toss it in the trash. Things such as fruit and vegetable waste, newspaper and other paper products such as paper towels and napkins, eggshells and nutshells, and coffee grounds can be used for compost. Other items such as yard waste can also be used for compost - grass clippings, leaves, and weeds can be used for compost as well. Other waste such as meat, bones, feces, plastic coated paper, and oils should not be used in your compost bin. 

Turn It Daily And Add Water

After you've started saving your compost, use a stick or other type of device to turn your waste over to give the compost oxygen. Turn it over and stir it up each and every day until your compost begins to look like moist black soil. You may need to add water to the compost to keep it moist. If it starts to look dry, add some water to it. Don't add too much or you'll have a muddy mess, but too little and you'll dry out your compost. 

Add It To Your Garden

When your compost is finished, it will look like black soil. Add it in a circle around your plants, or mix it with your soil for a nutrient-rich soil, then add your plants to the soil at the beginning of your gardening season. You can also add a few cups of the compost to your potting soil, then add plants to the pots.

Compost is a great way to boost the nutrients in your soil. It's an organic way to give your garden a boost and to encourage growth. For more information on blended soils, contact your local landscape specialist.