How to Start Garden Composting
Garden composting is a simple process that involves the natural decomposition of organic materials, such as leaves, grass, and food scraps, to create nutrient-rich soil for your plants. To save yourself some money in the garden, you might start thinking how do I start home composting? Here are Bernaville Nurseries top tips to get you started:
First, choose a location for your compost bin. It should be in a shaded area that is easily accessible, but not too close to your home or any neighboring properties. Then, select a compost bin that is appropriate for the size of your garden. You can purchase one from the garden center or make your own using materials such as wooden pallets.
Next, start collecting organic materials for your compost. This can include kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable peels, eggshells, and coffee grounds, as well as garden waste such as leaves and grass clippings. Avoid adding meat, dairy, and oily foods, as these can attract pests and slow down the composting process.
Once you have collected enough materials, start layering them in your compost bin. The ideal ratio is two parts brown materials (leaves, twigs, and shredded newspaper) to one part green materials (grass, food scraps, and fresh leaves). Add water as needed to keep the compost moist, but not too wet.
Finally, turn your compost regularly to aerate it and speed up the decomposition process. You can use a pitchfork or shovel to mix the materials together. Your compost will be ready to use in a few months when it has turned into a dark, crumbly soil. It’s good to know that covered compost in a bin with a lid will decompose quicker than an exposed type.
By following these simple steps, you can start composting today and enjoy the benefits of nutrient-rich soil for your plants. For more information on garden composting visit Bernaville Nurseries in store, where a friendly, knowledgeable member of the team will always be happy to help.