How to Make Organic Gardening Compost
In organic gardening, compost is the most important factor that will determine the life of your plants and garden. Compost is a combination of any natural wastes, such as leaves, grass, bushes, flowers, animal manure and other broken down organic material. This means that anything that was not chemically produced or manufactured can become compost.
Organic compost for gardening is the most recommended source of your plant and soil's nutrients that improves water retention, soil structure and ventilation of soil that may contain excessive sand or clay. As a bonus, making organic gardening compost is one of the easiest tasks in maintaining a garden.
Gardening Materials for Making Organic Compost
If you're planning to make your own organic gardening compost, you should be aware that there is no standard time to make compost because it would depend entirely on the effort you will put into this task.
Make sure to buy a sturdy pitchfork or shovel that will allow you move or turn the organic gardening compost from one place to the next. You can build this pile of compost anywhere, except against an elevated structure, such as your patio, fence, or shed. The position of your compost pile is important because you would want bugs, worms and other small insects to help you compost. Thus, it is best to place the pile where these small insects can reach the compost.
To build your organic gardening compost, you will need several natural materials, such as grass clippings and a handful of kitchen scraps to provide your pile with nitrogen. You will also need dried straw and leaves to add carbon to your compost. Make sure to add other organic compounds, such as potassium and phosphorus sources, to ensure that your soil will become well balanced.
Most expert gardeners recommend turning your pile of organic gardening compost every other week; this will speed up the process of composting. You will know if the compost is complete when the pile becomes darker and richer. Expect the compost to smell earthy and sweet as it crumbles when you take a handful from the pile. Be aware that once your compost smells bad, it could lack oxygen or hold excess water.
The organic gardening compost that you will build can include dried blood, eggshells, bone meals, potato peelings and other homemade composts. However, some materials, such as animal fats, dead vines, grease and bones could contaminate your compost pile.
Gardening can be a very rewarding experience. For this reason, you need to master the art of composting to ensure that your soil will continue to be healthy and your plants will grow naturally and beautifully.