Once again it is leaf cleanup time. Some of us accumulate leaves more than others depending on the situation. It really is not a lot of fun to have to clean them up but if you must why not keep your leaves for your compost bin? Your homemade compost is the best nutrients you could add to your soil.
What Is Needed In Your Compost
The process of making compost consist of organic matter, moisture, oxygen, and bacteria. What we have around our home is the organic matter that we can add. These are things like the leaves, shredded paper & food scraps.
This is a great time to gather those leaves up and instead of throwing them out you can keep them to add to your compost pile.
When it comes to food we want to use green food scraps because meats will bring on the odor and unwanted pest. The same applies to animal waste. I am no expert in making compost piles so I took the liberty to provide you this link for more information. Please Click Here.
You Need A Place For Your Pile
Once you have gathered up your components of green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) to add to your pile you will need somewhere to mix them. Many DIY’s will make their own containers.
But if I am going to do this I want to invest in equipment that will give you the best results. What I am inclined to believe is that the best ones are the tumbling type of compost bins. You can click on the image to the right to get information on it.
Once you decided what you are going to use the next thing is to plan your location. You want it out of the way of everything and you want to keep it moist so that everything decomposes nicely.
Let’s Put It All Together
Now that you have your bin we want to put it all together and let it decompose and give you what is called “black gold” in the planting world because it is considered the best nutrients for planting.
Below is a video that wraps this whole article into one with a simple explanation of how it is done.
I hope this helped some people make their vegetable gardens & flower beds very healthy this coming spring. Remember that a lot of things we throw out can make some good compost to plant with.
If you have any questions or comments I will get the answers for you if you leave them in the comments section below. Thanks for visiting.