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How to make compost in general, using either a container or no container at all.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Pitch fork

  • Shovel

  • Manure

  • Fertilizer

  • Permitted food and other debris for decomposition

  • Compost activator (like ComposTumbler Compost Activator or Mantis Compost Activator)

  • Water (or other liquids like vegetable broth, juice or tea that will not be consumed)

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Composting can prove to be beneficial in a variety ways.  Starting a compost pile is not done exclusively in one way.  There are many ways to go about composting.  In fact, creating an area for composting can take form in more than one way.  Generally, you can either contain your compost pile in a container or no container at all.

If you prefer a container, you can use virtually any type of container--from a garbage can to a self-built container of wood pallets--with holes made in it so that air can pass through as part of the necessary element for proper decomposition of the decomposing debris that make up your compost pile.  Be sure that any container you use comes with a top enclosure/lid, or, otherwise, you'll need to use some sort of tarp to cover the top of the compost pile.

Alternatively, you can make a compost pile out in the open on a piece of your property.  Though, of course, you'll still need to cover it to retain the nutrients that come from the decomposition process, help the decomposition process overall, and keep away pests.  You can easily provide such necessary covering with the use of a tarp.

Of course, to help you understand the general no-no's and yes-yes's of composting, know

 

 this:  Generally, as the foundation of your compost pile, you should apply loose debris, such as cut grass, leaves and vegetation trimmings, and moisten this pile with water.  Add about two inches of fertilizer or manure and soil.  Then, as a matter of an ongoing routine in the course of having a compost pile, you can frequently top it off with the following:  vegetable food scraps, fruit food scraps, leaves, hay, cut grass, laundry lint, fire ashes, and hair from your pets.  Be sure to keep the following prohibited items away from your compost pile:  meat, dairy products, oils, and pet feces (such may contain parasites).  Such items are prohibited because they are not adept to composing well and not nearly in the time frame normally set for the maturation of compost for garden use.  You can also enhance the maturation of your compost pile with products such as ComposTumbler Compost Activator or Mantis Compost Activator.  Also, make sure your compost pile does not get too dry by adding water to it as is necessary; if not water, as a substitute, you can add liquids such as vegetable broth, juice or tea to the pile.

Also, with a pitch fork or shovel, make sure you ruffle up and otherwise mix up the compost pile to help permit the circulation of air throughout the pile.

These are just some of the aspects of how to make compost in general, using either a container or no container at all.

Ed the Handyman

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