International #Compost Awareness Week time to Give Back to the Earth
Why Compost? -Finished compost is a free soil amendment and fertilizer for the garden. It is mild and wont burn plants like chemical fertilizers. By adding compost youll improve the overall texture of your soil enabling it to retain and drain water better.
Choose a Compost Bin -You have two great options here one you can make follow theDIY scrap wood compostwe posted last Spring or you can get yourself one of our home made Dumptown Worm Condos at our next pop up shop.
Compost Bins as Pets -Think of your compost bin as a pet. This will do two things: it will help you see it as a living thing that shouldnt be neglected, and teach you to feed it a balanced diet.
There are two main types of organic materials you can feed your compost bin: greens and browns. Greens are high in nitrogen and described as wet. Browns are described as dry materials and are high in carbon.
When feeding your compost bin try to maintain a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns by weight. Since greens are typically heavier, you should add 2 to 3 buckets of browns for every bucket of greens you add.
Green Materials to Compost -Vegetable and fruit scraps. Coffee grounds and filters. Tea bags and leaves. Fresh grass clippings. Plant trimmings from your garden. Houseplants.
Brown Materials to Compost -Dry leaves. Straw and dry hay. Woodchips and sawdust from untreated wood. Dried grass clippings, shredded paper. Egg and nut shells. Hair and animal fur. Paper, shredded newspaper (printed with soy ink to be safe) paper towels, and paper tubes.
DO NOT COMPOST! -Meat. Fish. Eggs. Dairy products. Oily foods or grease. Bones. Cat and dog waste. Diseased plants and seeds of weedy plants. Anything treated with pesticides.
Composting Tips -Chop your materials into small pieces, which will break down faster. Always cover your layer of green material with a layer of brown material to cut down on flies and mask any odors. If you want fine compost, like in the picture above by normanack, run over it with a mulching lawn mower. When composting whole plants remove seed heads and seed pods. If possible avoid adding roots of plants to your compost pile that could generate a whole new plant.
Thanks to treehugger for all this great info.