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Backyard composting is a simple and effective way to help the environment and improve your Backyard Wildlife Habitat site. Composting is a natural process that turns organic waste from your yard and home into valuable nutrients for your gardens and indoor house plants while at the same time reducing the amount of trash you send to the local landfill.
March is the perfect time to start a backyard
compost pile since many people are spring
cleaning their yards. Once you choose a
proper site for your compost area and create
the starter pile there is little maintenance
required. Read on to find out how to create
a simple backyard compost pile in your yard!
1. Choosing the site for your compost
pile or bin
Choose a convenient place for your compost
pile. You are more likely to use a pile
that is easily accessible. Choose a level
spot near a water source and preferably
out of direct sunlight. Do not build your
compost pile against wooden buildings or
fences because it will eventually cause
the wood to decay. Your compost pile should
be about 1 cubic yard (3' wide by 3' long
by 3' tall). This size will ensure it is
large enough to hold heat but small enough
to allow for proper aeration.
2. To bin or not to bin
Unless required by local ordinances bins
are not necessary for successful backyard
composting. Composting bins may save space
or look neater but quality compost can be
produced using either bins or open piles.
3. What to compost
A mixture of yard waste and select kitchen
scraps creates a healthy compost pile. Start
the pile with a 4-inch layer of leaves loose
soil or other coarse yard trimmings. Always
mix kitchen scraps with yard trimmings when
adding them to the compost pile. There are
two types of materials that can be added
to your compost pile - "greens"
and "browns." Fresh "green"
materials are high in nitrogen and dried
"brown" materials are high in
carbon. Both types of materials are necessary
for the composting process. A good rule
to follow is one part "greens"
to three parts "browns.""Greens"
are fresh plant materials and kitchen scraps
such as: green weeds and leaves houseplants
fruit and vegetable scraps and other kitchen
scraps such coffee grounds (and filters)
tea bags stale bread and egg shells. Certain
types of manure (cow horse pig chicken and
rabbit) are also considered "green"
and appropriate for your compost pile."Browns"
are dry and dead plant materials such as:
straw dried weeds and leaves wood chips
sawdust and shredded newspaper.
4. What NOT to compost
There are many items that should never
be added to a compost pile or bin. These
items may attract pests produce a bad odor
or transmit diseases to humans pets or wildlife.
Avoid adding these items to your compost
pile: chemically treated wood products diseased
plants weeds with seeds exotic invasive
plants human wastes pet wastes or used cat
litter meat/fish scraps or bones oil grease
fat dairy products.
5. Maintaining your compost pile
Compost is created by billions of microbes (fungi
bacteria etc.) that digest the yard and kitchen wastes you place in your compost pile. In addition to the nutrition you provide through the compost ingredients
you must also maintain an adequate level of air and moisture in the pile for these microbes. You will need to "turn" the compost pile every few weeks to circulate the air and distribute the moisture. The pile can be turned with a pitchfork or shovel. Don't be surprised by the heat generated from the pile or to see worms living in it - both are part of the natural decomposition process. Ideally