6 Mistakes You're Making With Your Compost Pile View all posts Older 5 Tips to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Right Related Articles When to Hire a Bankruptcy Attorney By OMG These Candles Turn Into Chic Margarita Glasses After They're Finished 6 Mistakes You're Making With Your Compost Pile If your pile is large you may notice that it will start to heat up This is a good thing and is a sign that the thermophilic bacteria are populating the pile says Goodyear If you get this steam your compost will be ready in under a month Continue to water the top of the compost pile when it appears to be drying

Composting with Worms: Don't Make These Five Mistakes

Jul 31 2018Composting worms speeds up the composting process New worm bin owners tend to make mistakes Once you get the hang of vermicomposting you will love it! Reducing trash saving the earth and creating free fertilizer makes worm composting worthwhile Your might even adopt the worms as members of the family!

Often when gardeners make compost we pile up materials in fall hope for the best and come back 6 months later If it's not done yet we water turn and wait more It works But what if you want faster compost? With the Berkeley method of fast hot composting you can have finished compost in about 18 days!

Jan 18 2018Tips For Winter Composting 1 Feeding You Compost Pile In The Winter If you want to keep your compost pile cooking along in cold weather it's important to feed it well You need to keep a good balance of green and brown items in the pile The "green" items in a compost pile are things that are high in nitrogen

Jul 13 2020If you have a broadscale site composting can become a full-time job if you're trying to cover the whole area Composting Mistakes That You're Making You may be following the composting instructions to the letter only to find that your compost pile isn't quite kicking off as you imagined Perhaps it smells strange or isn't getting hot

Jun 29 2020The bokashi system can be a great alternative to traditional composting methods because it: Is much quicker than traditional composting While traditional composting can take several months for food scraps to break down into usable matter bokashi can take as little as one month—two weeks in the anaerobic container and another two in a compost pile or a fallow

How to Revive Your Compost Pile

Feb 21 2020This article focuses more on reviving your compost pile If you're like me you've probably let your compost pile just sit over the winter The cold weather ends up killing all those microbes that eat away at the organic materials turning them into compost which effectively shuts down your compost pile for the season

Dec 21 2018If flipped infrequently or not at all you'll be cold composting (ie the pile doesn't heat up) which means it will take significantly longer for compost to happen but it will happen and it's a lot less work than getting the mixture right and turning every week or two and moving from pile/bin to pile/bin in order to keep hot compost going but you can have fresh compost

Aug 16 2019When starting a compost pile the recommended practice is to layer or alternate these greens and browns the same way as you would for making lasagna Your bulkier organic materials do best in the first ground layer so start with a layer of browns such as twigs (less than inch or 1 25 cm in diameter) or straw about 4 to 6 inches (10-12 cm )

May 06 201916 Stir it up--your compost pile that is As noted above both oxygen and moisture are necessary to the decomposition process To keep your compost pile adequately aerated turn it with a pitch fork or garden fork every week or so 17 If possible place your composter or compost pile near a water source

Making your pile is the most important skill to learn in composting 101 The method I use is the layering method I have a large compost area with three piles that are about 6-foot square each but that is because I have large gardens to feed This method can also be done in a small compost bin The layering method is straight-forward

1 Start by choosing the best compost method for you Heft recommends considering the size of your garden and what level of maintenance you'll be able to perform when starting a new compost pile "If your garden is small or if you have mobility problems a compost tumbler should be sufficient If your garden is large you'll need to make a large bin or buy a wire-type bin

"Thin layers of grass clippings and shredded paper help to keep a healthy compost pile " "By making sure your compost is well mixed you'll reduce the smell of the food waste which may attract pests " Victoria adds "Also make sure the pile is moist to put off any animals looking for a nice dry place to shelter "

If you're using a plastic compost bin an aerator tool will make the job of turning much easier A garden fork is often the best tool for turning compost in an open style bin Another way to get more air into your compost is to stick a stake or metal rod into the pile and wiggle it around to create an air pocket

3 big composting mistakes

3 things you need to know before you start composting Remember guys composting doesn't have to be hard Things in your garden naturally compost all the time All you are doing is putting it all in one pile so you have some food for your hungry plants Avoid these three rookie composting mistakes and you will have great composting results

Oct 31 2016Earlier this year we decided to dive into composting 101 and get started with our very first compost pile Despite the concept being incredibly simple there is so much information out there on how to start a compost pile that it was still overwhelming

Aug 16 2019When starting a compost pile the recommended practice is to layer or alternate these greens and browns the same way as you would for making lasagna Your bulkier organic materials do best in the first ground layer so start with a layer of browns such as twigs (less than inch or 1 25 cm in diameter) or straw about 4 to 6 inches (10-12 cm )

Composting is the decomposition of organic material such as leaves or food waste Whether you love the colorful foliage or Halloween fun fall is a beautiful time in Massachusetts This year when the leaves begin to fall consider making composting part of your autumn routine

Oct 22 2018Most compost bins come with air holes but if yours doesn't have any use a drill to make some in the top and sides of the bin Think of the contents of your compost bin as being in layers--a layer of food waste and a layer of leaves or shredded paper

Mar 05 2018Just drill some holes into the sides make sure it has a lid and you are all set Or locate some wood pallets to make a box at least 3'x 3' in size As long as your bin is breathable and has good circulation you're good to go (Side note: If you aren't much of a DIYer there is always the pile method of composting which is exactly how it

Your compost pile needs to be big The bigger it is the easier time you'll have getting it to heat up and become actual compost Composting is all based on the reactions between Nitrogen (greens) Carbon (browns) heat and moisture To make compost you just need 2 parts GREEN material and 1 part BROWN

Your compost pile needs to be big The bigger it is the easier time you'll have getting it to heat up and become actual compost Composting is all based on the reactions between Nitrogen (greens) Carbon (browns) heat and moisture To make compost you just need 2 parts GREEN material and 1 part BROWN