Unlocking the Power of Organic Compost: Everything You Need to Know!

What is Organic Compost?

Organic compost is a natural, nutrient-rich material that is produced through the decomposition of organic matter such as kitchen scraps, yard waste, and other biodegradable materials. It serves as an excellent soil amendment and fertilizer for plants, promoting healthy growth and enhancing soil fertility.

The Process of Composting

Composting involves a controlled decomposition process where microorganisms break down the organic matter into simpler forms. This process requires a balance of carbon-rich (brown) materials like dried leaves or shredded paper and nitrogen-rich (green) materials like grass clippings or vegetable peels.

To create organic compost:

  • Step 1: Gather your organic waste materials such as fruit/vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, and yard trimmings.
  • Step 2: Choose a suitable location for your compost pile or invest in a compost bin to contain the material.
  • Step 3: Add alternating layers of brown and green waste. Each layer should be about three inches thick.
  • Step 4: Aerate the pile by turning it regularly with a garden fork to provide oxygen for the decomposers.
    • TIP: You can also add water occasionally to keep the moisture level moist but not soggy
  • Step 5: After several months (typically six to twelve), depending on various factors such as temperature and maintenance practices, your compost will transform into dark-colored crumbly material ready for use!