If you want to get started with composting this year, a simple solution is to use a spare raised flower bed as a ready-made composter. It’s an easy conversion to make, and pays off dividends in the long run.
Recycled material is an important component in compost, and recycling is just one simple way in which you can ensure a cleaner, greener environment for both your own good health and for the health of the planet in general.
Whenever possible, every type of waste should be reduced, reused or recycled, and even nature actively participates with this as far as compost is concerned. So instead of binning banana and potato skins, why not compost them instead?
Start Composting Now
There’s no fancy gadget or special skill when it comes to composting – although there are certainly a few things on the market that make the job easier. All that’s really required is a space in your garden or backyard which can be covered to maintain warmth and moisture for worms; the active workers in the process. In due time, you’ll enjoy the best fertilizer to nurture your spring plants for free.
So the first requirement in composting is the space; and as mentioned the best space to use if available is an empty raised garden bed. If it’s empty why not put it to good use? And don’t forget, you can start your composting activities at any time, even in winter or autumn.
Opportunities to Pile Up The Waste
Your garden provides the ideal place to start composting. Raking leaves from constantly dropping leaves in the garden can prove to be a chore unless a different perspective is adopted; composting. There’s no need to bag those pesky leaves that drop wherever they like. Instead it’s just as simple a task to throw them onto the raised garden bed and let the worms do the rest.
Meals provide ample opportunities to contribute to the compost pile with both preparation waste and leftovers. What’s great about this of course is that it saves on those ever-increasing waste disposal costs, and the prevalence of landfill sites.
Simple Compost Process
So in simple terms the compost process is activated through:
1. The piling up of raked leaves or meal leftovers
2. Dousing the pile with some water
3. Covering the pile up with a tarpaulin or something else to contain the ecosystem inside the compost pile
4. Repeat as much as you can!
During winter, you should move the pile around to keep it moist for better decomposition. When spring comes, the compost should be ready to get to work, both on your favourite plants, or if you’re lucky enough to be growing your own fruit and vegetables, those as well.