Hey, hey, hey! Today we will talk about one of my absolute favorite things: composting. Not only is it a fantastic way to reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s also a great way to get your hands dirty and grow some seriously amazing veggies in your backyard. It’s one of the small changes we recently made in our garden, and it’s helped create some luscious soil and significantly reduce our food waste. So, let’s get started and develop a compost pile that’ll knock your socks off!
How to Start Your Backyard Compost Pile
First things first, you need to choose the perfect location for your compost pile. It should be in an area that gets plenty of sunlight, and it’s best to have it near your garden or the area where you plan to grow your veggies. You also want to make sure it’s far enough away from your house to not create any unpleasant smells.
Now, let’s talk about what you’ll need to start composting. You’ll need some yard waste, kitchen scraps, and a compost pile. Yard waste can include things like leaves, grass clippings, and branches. Kitchen scraps can be anything from fruit and vegetable scraps to coffee grounds and eggshells. A simple basket or bin on your kitchen counter is a great place to store leftover produce throughout the day before carrying it out the compost pile. As for the compost pile, you can purchase a special compost bin or make your own out of materials like wood or chicken wire. We used wood from unused palettes and leftover chicken wire.
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Next up, it’s time to start building your compost pile. Begin by laying down a bit of yard waste, followed by a layer of kitchen scraps. You want to ensure you have a good balance of both, as too much of one can throw off the composting process. Keep layering these.
Now, it’s time to let nature do its thing! Your compost pile needs a little bit of love and attention, so make sure to turn it every few weeks and constantly add food scraps. This will help speed up the composting process and create a rich, nutrient-filled soil perfect for growing your own veggies. You can add some worms, to help support the process, but as long as you leave the bottom of your bin open, they’ll be attracted to it on their own.
So, why should you start composting? Not only does it help reduce your carbon footprint and create a sustainable ecosystem, but it’s also a fantastic way to grow your veggies and save money on expensive fertilizers. Plus, there’s just something so satisfying about creating something with your own two hands and watching it grow.
So, do you compost? Composting is an empowering and rewarding process that can have a significant impact on both the environment and your own life. So, grab your gloves and get ready to create a compost pile that will have your friends and family begging for your secret. You got this!