How To Start Your Own Compost Pile

If you are thinking about starting to compost, you may find yourself unsure about the process. You may be excited to start a compost pile, but just might not know how to do so successfully. There are many steps to take when you decide to start to compost. Get to know some of these steps. Then, you can get your compost pile started and know that you are doing everything you can to make the process as easy and successful as possible. 

Decide on the Vessel

You do not necessarily want to try to compost by just throwing food waste and other materials in a pile on the ground. This is not the recipe for success. As such, you need to decide on a vessel for your compost pile. 

Some people start out using just a simple metal trashcan. Others use a custom-built box or bin. You can also use old barrels or the like. Choose your vessel first before you try to get the process started. This will help determine how large your compost "pile" will be and will help you get the process started. 

Make Sure Your Compost Bin or Pile Includes "Brown" Materials

When you are creating a compost bin or pile, you will need to make sure there is a balance of materials in the bin. You cannot just throw food waste into the bin and call it a compost pile. This will just rot and cause a horrible stench. 

You also need what is sometimes referred to as "brown" waste. This waste is natural things like leaves, twigs, earth, sawdust, and more. You should actually have more "brown" waste in your compost than food waste (sometimes called "green" waste). 

Make sure you put a layer of earth and other brown waste items in your compost before you start adding any food waste and scraps from your home. This will help your compost pile to get off to the right start. 

When You Add Green Waste, Cover It with Brown Waste

If you want to be successful in your composting endeavors, always remember that when you add food or green waste to your compost pile or bin that you should add tree or brown waste on top. This has a few benefits for your composting project. 

Firstly, this will help prevent bad odors from your food waste. Additionally, it will keep out pests like bugs and small critters. This means you will have a cleaner and more successful compost pile. 

Now that you know a few of the steps to help you get started with creating a compost pile or bin, you can get the process started right away. 

For more tips, reach out to a local compost supplier.