So you have made the wonderful decision to create a compost pile in your backyard. Whether you would like to make a backyard compost because of its gardening or environmental benefits, below are easy steps to receive your pile started. But before you start, you will want a bin, green cloth, brown cloth, a water supply, and a gardening fork.
First, lets select a location to put your backyard compost pile. It’s best to start your pile in a well ventilated area (not too close to fences or walls-a few feet away is good) that is suitable for you. Because this might be your first time composting, you may want to avoid placing your heap near your neighbors-the smell an inexperienced pile can give off can be quite a nuisance.
Next, it’s time to choose a bin. With a bin isn’t always necessary, but I find that it makes backyard composting easier and neater. You will find one in your local nursery or hardware store. A good compost bin for a beginner would be approximately 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet, and should have vents or holes to allow for good air circulation. Because controlling how much moisture is in your heap is such an important part of backyard composting, your bin should have a lid which could be used to cover your heap when it rains or snows.
Now that you have a fantastic location and a bin, simply add the ingredients! 1 part green to two parts brown appear to break down the fastest. Greens are materials such as: grass clippings, kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps. Cases of browns are: dry leaves, twigs, possum control, or hay. Add water to this pile giving it an even slightly moist consistency–like a moist sponge. Use your gardening fork to blend well. For those who have added too much water, that is okay, simply add more greens and/or browns as needed to soak some of the access moisture up. Note that adding a lot of greens to your backyard compost may cause it to smell bad.
Lastly, all you have to do now is perform some regular maintenance by rotating or turning the contents of your backyard compost with the gardening forkl once a week, and by adding more water as necessary. Your compost is ready after its original ingredients are unidentifiable-it will seem dark brown in colour, and will feel moist, and smell earthy. Typically, it takes about two weeks for garden compost to break down. Remove any part of your heap that has composted, and use it as nutrient rich soil for your garden. You have easily created a compost pile in your own backyard that would make Mother Earth proud and your garden flourish.