Once you are familiar with the in’s and out’s making good compost, it can be a very rewarding experience. There are different methods of compost making, which we explore in more detail in separate posts, but for now we’ll be talking about what to compost and what not to compost.
Carbon & Nitrogen
The key ingredients in good compost are Carbon and Nitrogen and it is important to get the Carbon Nitrogen ratio right in order to keep your compost smelling sweet. You can read more about that here:
The Good Stuff
Microorganisms are responsible for decomposition. The more diverse the materials the more diverse the microorganisms. The more Alive your compost.
TIP: Smaller “bits” = faster decomposition so have some fun chopping your composting materials into smaller bits with a space before adding it to your pile or compost bin.
Here are some great suggestions for carbon and nitrogen rich materials to compost:
The Bad …
There are certain things that are not good for composting – do not add these to your compost pile as they can encourage pathogens. You need to also avoid adding seeds of plants you do not want to spread in your garden. Take a look below:
If your compost pile is starting to smell bad it may be that you have too much GREEN (wet) material in your mix and not enough air flow. Try adding more BROWN material and mix things up to get the air flowing.
Till Next Time,
Shireen & Kathy
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