Create Your Own Compost Heap

It’s time to feed your soil and garden with the best free food you can find – compost. Creating your own compost heap is a new and effective trend, read on to find out why.

What Is A Compost Heap?

Creating your own compost heap is the process of recycling and reusing your garden and kitchen waste to make effective feed for your garden. 

What can you use for your heap?

There are many things you can use for your heap, but some of the most common items are:

  • Potato skins
  • Carrot tops
  • Fruit
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells 
  • Tea bags 
  • Earthworms

Why Is A Compost Heap A Good Option?

A compost heap consists of organic matter that is great for your soil and the environment.

Benefits of starting a compost heap:

  • They’re easy to make.
  • The ingredients are easy to find.
  • Composting is great for the environment.
  • Compost is great for your garden.

How To Start Your Compost Heap?

Compost heaps are very easy to make. You can choose to buy a compost bin or use an enclosed brick or wooden structure to help conserve heat, which helps in the composting process.

What you’ll need to start your DIY compost heap:

  • Chicken wire or wood
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Side cutters
  • Garden fork
  • Grass clippings
  • Dry leaves
  • Soil

Steps:

  • Start your compost heap with leaves and grass clippings. 
  • Enclose the compost heap in a frame – roll 2 metres of wire to make a ring. 
  • Use side cutters to cut off the excess wire and secure the ring to itself.
  • You can also choose to build a compost bin from wood. Leave it open on one side for access – adding, turning and digging out compost from the bottom – and do not cover the top.
  • There are two basic elements that make compost: green (grass) and brown (dry leaves and soil). Add one part green and two parts brown to the mix.
  • Moisten the green and brown components, being careful to not make the mixture too wet.
  • Layer leaves at the bottom of your heap, then add garden soil. Add grass clippings or old plant scraps.
  • After a week, turn the mixture. Begin adding coffee grounds, eggshells, potato skins and any other scraps. Turn your compost weekly.
  • Begin using the compost from the bottom of the heap when you can’t recognise the individual components anymore.

Now you have successfully produced your own compost, go ahead and feed it to your garden!

Sources: www.thegardener.co.za and www.quickcrop.ie.

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