Have you been wanting to compost,but not really sure how to get started? I finally created my small outdoor compost here in my new place and I’m so excited to get started! Are you ready to reduce your carbon footprint and help mother earth. Read on and I’ll show you have to create your own compost.
If you’re not sure what compost actually does it basically breaks down organic material back into the soil. Mine has worms in it they naturally turn your compost pile, you don’t have to have worms but I do. I choose to have worms mainly because I think( my personal beliefs) that it produces healthier soil. I’ve read in some articles where you don’t need worms but… I went ahead and got some worms.
Starting your compost
This is legit how I did mine. I kind of followed directions also kind of winged it, it works fine so go for it
First, get a bin. You can really use anything but plastic is way easier to find. Mine is relativity small, about 7.5 in x 11. I make about 6-7 holes on each side. of the bin. You want to make sure there is proper ventilation so you don’t cook your worms as well as don’t have a smell.
Now that we have our bin ready it’s time for bedding. A lot of places say use news paper. I didn’t, I used cardboard I just finished moving and have a abundance of it. I ripped the paper up in little pieces and allowed them so soak for about an hour.
While the cardboard was getting ready in the water I went out and collected what I call roughage. Like leaves, a little rocks and sticks so the worms have something to rub their food up against to help them eat it.
Once I had a good amount (about a half shopping bag full. I set out to create my compost! I set my bedding/cardboard first making sure it completely covered the bottom of the bin. Then I laid down my roughage, lastly, I put down organic potting soil that I would use for my plants. I used my hands to mix it really well then sprayed it down with some water to make the soil and roughage damp.
Finally it’s time for worms!!! Please don’t just sit them on top of the dirt. I dug a little hole for them and dumped out the complete contents of the bucket o’ worms I got from Pike’s ( it had about 250 worms) in my hole and after staring at it for a good minute saying ew I covered it with dirt. I let the worms get reqainted with their new home for about a week and when I went to go check in on them after a week they were big fat and juicy worms!
Now that you’ve created your compost here are some just good stand by rules to have.
- Don’t dump food in it every day. The worms need time to digest and process the food that goes in there.
- Chop of the food in small amounts, worms don’t have teeth!
- Keep the worms in a dark cool place. it can be in a small corner, under the sink or on a patio. Where ever just remember to leave them be.
- If you want to use the compost for fertilizer and don’t want to dig through worms for soil try putting the food on one side of the pin instead of all over that way one side will be soil the other will be worms.
- Remember what can go into compost and what can’t such as vegetable and fruit waste, grass clippings, tea bags, cardboard, eggshells, nondyed paper, fallen leaves. DO NOT PUT IN Meat, dairy, disease plants. animal waste (these attracted unwanted pests. Also plastic, glass, and metals are not compost friendly.
Composting doesn’t require a lot of work and is a great way to help your garden grow and flourish in a happy earth babe kind of way! I hope you enjoyed reading don’t forget to check out our Instagram and FB pages and to subscribe to stay in the know.