Composting is what you will hear from environmental agencies as one of the effective ways to reduce garbage disposal. Since segregation of trash (biodegradable vs. non-biodegradable) is a must-do in some states, knowing how to turn food left overs into a compost is a fabulous way to feed your garden with the healthy stuff. But everyone cannot make their own compost because some states prohibit residence on having compost. There are many reasons as to why everyone is not allowed to have compost, main reason is it might promote the increasing number of flies and rodents in the neighborhood.
Let us show you how to do it right to get the maximum benefits from composting:
Traditional compost pit
This works for people who have big gardens. It will require a work space for your compost pit.
- Select an area where you want to have compost pit.
- Get your shovel and start digging the soil at least 1 foot deep.
- Chop food left overs finely before pouring them. The compost materials should not be greater than 4 inches. Here is a list http://www.plantea.com/compost-materials.htm of you can use for compost
- Add other materials such as soil, sand, paper, dried leaves and/or fresh/dry grass. Pouring other materials on the compost, reduce the smell and absorb extra moisture that can make your nose file a complaint.
- Once the organic materials are added, pour some soil unto the compost pit.
- Let it decompose but still water adequately from time to time to speed up the process of decomposing.
- Last step, you just got a nutritious soil and now you can start planting!
Things to remember:
Before you start composting, make sure that you check first whether it is allowed in your area. You may visit US Composting Council website and refer to the guidelines to be able to start composting.
Do it properly. Composting may attract flies and rodents if not done properly. Make sure that your compost pit is far from your home.
Use organic materials as instructed above such as dried/fresh grass, sand, paper, and dried leaves. This layer will prevent the odor but will not eliminate it completely.
Alternative ways of composting
Home owners who have mini garden and still want to compost, still have the chance to produce quality soil through composting. Here are the alternative ways for you.
Closed bins composting
Closed bin composting is for those who have little space. The bin used for this method doesn’t have a bottom; the composting materials still have access to the ground soil. The lid cover of the container is much secured to prevent rodents and flies from going through and off course, prevent odor from spreading to the air. There are pros and cons, visit http://www.finegardening.com/6-ways-make-great-compos , though it may offer a convenient way of replacing a compost pit, the decomposing process takes much longer because the exposure and temperature requirement are not met.
Tips: (Use this method at your own discretion)
Since the closed bin processed takes more time to decompose, you may blend your food left overs mixed with the organic materials to create a pureed consistency. You can use this method in compost pit as long as allowed by your state. Many gardeners are already practicing this method. They found it effective because the particles are broken into tiny bits and it still contains nutrients for worms. Visit mysisterspanty to know of this method step by step.