How to compost

Composting is not necessarily rocket science but there are a few hints and tips that will make the process easier.

There are a few fundamentals that you should follow no matter what type of compost bin (or no bin) you are using.

1) Decide on the right location. Too far one way or too far the otherway could result in the goldilocks syndrome.

Placing the bin on exposed soil will help the microbes that help in the breaking down of the material get in your bin faster. Also, placing the bin in the shade will help in reduction of lost moisture. Speaking of moistute….

2. Keep the compost moist but not like its a swimming pool. Moisture will help to increase the rate at which the compost is broken down. Too much will turn it to mush.

3. Turn the compost regularly. Not only will this expose the lowe level compost to the air but it will also help to reduce the number of pests within the compost (which is important if you decide to compost all food matter).

4. This next one is a matter of opinion but it is recommended to have a ratio of brown to green waste in your compost. Many ratios are suggested but 2 or 3 brown to green seems to ve standard.

There is a great info graphic here to help also.

Happy Composting

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