Beginner's Guide to Composting

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Getting started composting

Composting is one of our favorite things to do, and we're excited to share what we've learned about it with you!

We know that the way we treat our planet affects everyone—not just us, but the people who live on it and those who will come after us. That's why we're so passionate about composting. It's an easy way to show your love for the earth and make sure your waste is being put to good use.

Composting is one of the most natural and environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your household waste. By taking advantage of this, you can help reduce your carbon footprint, produce nutrient-rich soil for your plants, and help keep your garden healthy.

Whether you're an apartment dweller or someone who has acres of land for a garden, composting is the perfect way to turn your organic kitchen waste into a source of rich soil for your plants and vegetables.

What is Compost

Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps. The decomposed materials create wonderful fertilizer for your garden or potted plants. Composting can also help you reduce the amount of waste you throw away—by using compost to fertilize your plants instead of chemical fertilizers.

Why Compost

Composting, as a practice and a word, has been around for millennia. But it wasn't until the mid-1800s that it was given any real consideration in North America. In 1866, William Seward Burroughs founded America's first commercial composting company in Massachusetts.

In its simplest terms, composting is the process of breaking down organic materials (plants and animal remains) into humus (decomposed matter). What this means for you is that by using compost instead of chemical fertilizers on your soil or lawn, you'll be able to grow healthier plants with fewer chemicals!

why should you compost

Compost can be used in many different ways:

  • As a fertilizer for your plants

  • To repair damaged land or replace soil lost due to erosion or compaction

  • As mulch around trees/shrubs/flower beds; this helps retain moisture and keeps weeds down

How to Start Your Compost Pile

Composting is a natural process, and it's really not as hard as it seems. Composting can be done anywhere at all. Some people choose to keep their compost in a large backyard space with both grass and soil, while others prefer the simplicity of keeping their compost in a small bin in their kitchen and then emptying it into a larger bin in their backyard!

Some people like having an easy access point for collecting food scraps for their bins. If you want your family members to help out with the composting process then make sure they know where everything goes!

compost bin

To start composting, you'll need some basic supplies:

- A bin made from wood or plastic that will hold up well over time (as long as it's not porous or too light)

- A cover (if desired) to keep out pests like raccoons or other animals

- A shovel for turning your compost pile

You'll also need some ingredients: food scraps like vegetable peelings and fruit cores; yard waste like grass clippings; animal manure (if available); and water from rain or watering cans.

Choosing Materials to Compost

Composting is simple and easy to do, but that doesn't mean it's a one-size-fits-all process. There are several different factors that must be considered when choosing what materials you can compost in your bin. In general, the best materials for composting are those with an ideal carbon to nitrogen ratio of 30:1 or more (such as leaves), but some items should definitely be avoided because they have too much nitrogen or other contaminants that could contaminate your compost and make it unsafe for use on plants.

what to you should compost

Avoid using animal waste products like cat litter or dog feces in your compost bin because they can create harmful pathogens if not completely digested by heat during the composting process (which normally takes years). Animal waste also contains antibiotics and hormones that may kill all bacteria in the area, including any beneficial ones you want to encourage in order to speed up decomposition time!

In addition to avoiding animal waste products, weeds should also be avoided because they contain seeds which will sprout once buried underground where no light reaches them — defeating all efforts at creating fertile soil!

What Can Go into a Compost Pile

You can use a wide range of materials in your compost pile, including:

  • Leaves, grass clippings, vegetable scraps and coffee grounds/egg shells.

  • Wood chips and sawdust from untreated wood (such as pine). These contain natural oils that help break down the other kinds of waste you add to your pile.

  • Shredded paper products like cardboard boxes or newspaper are also ideal because they add carbon to the mix—and they break down quickly!

compost food scraps

Once you've collected all of these things, begin layering them in your bin so that each layer has a different type of material for optimal decomposition and microbial action (this means bacteria). For example: layer one could be straw; layer two could be grass clippings; layer three could be carrot ends; etcetera.

Finally, cover everything up with dirt or mulch so that no animals can access it!

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It's not hard to start composting.

Composting is not hard. It's a great way to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill, and it's easier than you think. You can get started with a very simple compost pile in your backyard or even in an indoor bin—no matter where you live, there are many things that can be composted!

How do I start my first compost pile?

The easiest way to start a new compost pile is by getting some brown material (leaves and other plant matter) and mixing in some green material (grass clippings, vegetable scraps). Mix these up so that they're evenly distributed throughout the pile; then cover them with soil or mulch so air can get into your mix without letting out foul odors.

compost bin for countertop

Keep adding these materials along with any others that might fit into your system (such as paper products). Every few weeks or months, turn over the entire contents of your bin so they don't sit on top of each other and cause anaerobic conditions which inhibit bacteria growth; this also helps release heat from within which inhibits bad smells as well!

If all goes well after about six months' time has passed since starting your process, black gold will begin oozing out from cracks between rocks and sticks--this means it's ready for use on plants around home!

Get Started!

Here are our top tips for getting started with composting:

1. Start small

2. Make sure you have the right tools

3. Don't worry about perfection!

If you've made it this far, I'm sure you're interested in composting. If that's the case, all that’s left for you to do is get started! There are so many resources out there to help you learn more about composting and build your own pile. And if you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to ask us here at Grow Fragrance!

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