Composting at home: Ready to go
Garden compost can take anything from six months to two years to attain maturity, according to the Royal Horticultural Society.
If you think yours is ready, make sure it has the correct look, feel, and fragrance.
It should be dark brown in color, crumbly like earth, warm to the touch, and smell like damp woodland.
Composting at home: Turn the heap
It’s important to keep an eye on your pile and turn it as needed after it starts to take shape.
This introduces air into the mix, which is necessary for composting to take place.
Depending on the size of your pile and the materials in it, a turn with a spade once or twice a week should be enough.
In warmer weather, don’t forget to add water when the heap becomes dry.
Composting at home: Feed it the right materials
While it may appear that you may throw anything into your compost bin, there are several items that should be avoided.
Meat and dairy products, which attract pests, as well as any high-processed meals, fall into this category.
The list of items you can put in, on the other hand, is extensive.
Fruit and vegetable peelings, offcuts, coffee grounds, tea leaves, grass clippings, dried leaves, manure, herbs, and hair are all acceptable ingredients.