Category: Waste Disposal

A guide to making compost at home

  1. Where to place your compost pile

The best place to put your compost is a spot where it will not get in the way of anyone. Having your compost too close to the house poses a risk of it having an unpleasant smell. However, it should not be too far from the house for convenience while compiling kitchen compost. The further away, the less likely you will actually compile any compost. Making everything easier to get to will likely make composting a success.

  1. What to put your compost in

You don’t necessarily have to use bins or piles, and your compost will still decompose. For easy containment, you may want to use pallets; it will be more contained and gives you a defined compost area. It also helps to increase the compost upwards rather than outwards, saving overall space.  

You can also buy a specially made compost bin for small scale composting. Heck, you can even just compile your compost in the backyard without any container; though we recommend that it is kept contained.

  1. What to put in the pile

The only thing you should put inside is organic waste such as fruits, vegetables and yard debris. However, it is advisable not to put in meat products, dairy products and don’t use waste from meat-eating animals. For green waste or nitrogen cycle such as yard debris, it is advised that they are pesticides free. This is because that will eventually make its way to your compost and ultimately your garden. Before you put manure into your compost pile make sure you know what that animal feeds on.

  1. Caring for your pile

This process can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. You have already done the hardest work of growing the pile now all you have to do is water it once in a while. Ideally, you want to keep the pile moist. You should also churn and mix things up every two to four weeks. This process of mixing is absolutely critical and helps speed things up.

  1. When the compost will be ready

This actually depends on how well your compost was maintained. Also, what its composition is.  It will usually take an estimate of six months for your compost to be ready for use even without much attention.