Composting is an excellent way to give back to the environment. In fact, it is one of the purest forms of recycling since it is recycling through the cycle of biodegradation. This is why you will want to avoid adding human-made objects which cannot end up disintegrating naturally to your compost pile.
Unfortunately, as with any other natural occurrence, you will find that composting is not always an exact science. In fact, even veterans at composting, people who have been doing it for years, have difficulty ensuring that their compost pile turns out the way they would like it to every time.
It is for this reason that composting can get a little intimidating when you are first trying to learn how to make compost, and it is why everyone does not do it. No one ever said that giving back to mother Earth is easy, but it's not about being easy, it is about ensuring that you can do the right thing.
The Earth does so much for us, the least of which is giving us the opportunity for life. You will find that it is only the right thing to give back and ensure that this planet will be around for the use of future generations. Imagine where we would be if previous generations were capable of damaging the earth to the extent that we currently can.
When beginning to make compost, you have first to learn how to make a compost pile. There is no best way to make compost. In fact, you can make compost in a wide range of ways. The first thing you will need is a spot to place your compost. The best option is a compost bin, which is meant to be used for composting.
Keep in mind that you will be able to use almost anything that will not rot along with the contents of a compost bin. There have been farmers who have started their compost piles in old stables, or any enclosed environment that provides a reasonably small area for the compost to develop.
The general rule is that you have to place more dry and dead plant matter at the bottom of the compost pile when you first start it off. After this base of dead plant matter has been established, you will have to begin adding greener plant matter to it, which has been dead for a short amount of time.
After you have a bit of green matter added to the pile, you can begin mixing in the other compost ingredients into your pile. This can be a combination of greener and darker plant matter, but you can also include other substances that can be composted, such as paper, egg shells, moss, and many other substances.
When it comes to composting, you will find that the speed is one of the most unpredictable factors. Composting speed can even confuse veterans who have been composting for years. The rapidity of your composting process will greatly depend on what you add to your compost pile and how it is stacked up. It is important to mix your compost pile regularly.
That being said, there are a few ways that you can gauge the progress of your compost and how you can know whether or not it is ready. You will find that, as compost develops, it will smell more and more like the contents progress in their process of biodegradation (i.e., rotting), but if your pile still smells, it is not ready.
When compost is nearly ready, it will begin to stop smelling, which may be an odd experience after weeks of dealing with the stench of rotting compost. Compost which is ready will also stop looking like the rotten remains of vegetables. When it is ready for use, it will take on a whole new appearance.
When your compost is ready, it will take on a rich, dark brown hue and it will resemble dirt more than it resembles the ingredients which it is composed of. In fact, compost will begin to resemble fertilizer, which is what it is in the end.
Composting is a process which usually takes around three weeks to a month, but as we mentioned, it is highly variable.
We will now take a look at our quick compost solutions. Fast composting is a type of art in which you have to ensure that your compost pile remains in the ideal conditions. This means that your compost pile can be neither too dry not too humid. Finding the perfect feel for a compost pile is learned through experience.
If you live in a dryer state, you will see that you may have to add water to the compost pile to ensure that it remains humid enough to make sure that your compost properly degrades. As we stated earlier, there are other things that you can do to ensure that your compost pile progresses quickly and smoothly.
The next step to take to guarantee that your compost develops with haste is to make sure that you regularly mix the compost. You should turn your compost every week to half-week, which ensures that no part of the mixture ends up developing more than another. As your pile degrades further, you will find that you have to turn the pile less often.
If your compost is humid enough, you may also choose to place a tarp or a cover over it to ensure that it retains its heat. The heat is one of the most important parts of a compost pile and ensuring that it properly develops.
As you can see, it's easier to make sure that your compost develops as quickly as possible than you may have first thought. Using these tips, you can sometimes cut down the time it takes for your compost to be ready by about 50%. The fastest period we have seen in a pile to mature is 14 days.