I make my own compost and its perfect, .
Like Palaisglide says compost needs 3 things - air, heat and dampness. And those are the only three things * I USE* to make it. Its not the grass, twigs, leaves or veg peelings that makes compost, its the micro-organisms that break it all down into compost. I just supply them with the right food in the right way in the right conditions in order for them to do their thing.
By not providing those 3 elements in the correct balance will result in not having the right compost.
- Firstly, my compost holders are made from wood with narrows gaps between the panels to let in air.
- Secondly, I cover the top of my compost holder with black pastic and a piece of carpet this helps to keep it warm.
- And thirdly, I control the moisture, I lightly water it when it starts to dry out - not soak !!!
Very important this - you also need to add the same amount of BROWN waste as green. 'Browns' provide microbes with a food source, without it, they will die or not work to their full potential
BROWN ITEMS - things like
- Pine needles
- Twigs, chipped tree branches/bark
- Straw or hay
- Corn stalks
- Paper (newspaper, writing/printing paper, paper plates and napkins, coffee filters)
- Dryer lint
- Cotton fabric
GREEN ITEMS - help microbes grow and multiply - things like
- Grass clippings
- Coffee grounds/tea bags
- Vegetable and fruit scraps
- Trimmings from perennial and annual plants
- Annual weeds that haven't set seed
- Animal manures (cow, horse, sheep, chicken, rabbit, etc. No dog or cat manure.)
When putting green and brown waste into bin/holder it should be layered - green then brown, green, brown etc etc
And, every 3 months or so I turn the contents over because a compost bin/holder is aerobic - it needs plenty of air. If its of the plastic kind, every 2-3 weeks because a plastic bin provides a more anaerobic (without air) environment, not really ideal for providing all 3 elements which are, air, heat, moisture. By missing just one of those 3 elements, composting will not be as successful and take longer to produce.
Follow these easy rules every-time, and YOU TOO will have the perfect homemade compost, every year.