Humans have been composting for thousands of years to improve the health of our soil, food, and planet.
Why not have a go with our step by step guide to creating your very own compost?
*Start by selecting a dry, shady spot near a water source (such as a spigot). Ideally, the area will be about three feet wide by three feet tall (though it’s possible to have larger or smaller piles). Try to keep the compost away from garden beds (in case it attracts pests, who might want to eat the foods in your garden!).
*If desired, give the pile some structure with chicken wire, snow fencing, or by nailing scrap wood together to make a box.
*Next, start adding browns and greens, in equal parts, as they’re collected (be sure to chop up larger sticks and shred big pieces of newspaper before adding them).
If the first materials you add are dry, moisten them as you go by lightly spraying the compost with water until it’s damp (but not soaked).
*Once things have started decomposing (you’ll be able to tell because they’ll start to change shape and color), mix in grass clippings, more greens, and fruit and vegetable scraps (try to bury the food scraps under other decomposing material).
*Every time you add materials to the pile (or at least once a week), “fluff” the pile by turning it with a pitchfork. This will promote aeration, which is essential to the decomposition process.