How To Build Compost Pile

Now that we’ve covered what are compost pile ingredients  (see previous posts), let’s look at what must be done to build a hot compost pile.

How To Build Your Compost Pile:

1. Before you actually begin to build a hot compost pile, gather an equal amount of both “green” and “brown” ingredients, (see post on “Compost Pile Ingredients“).

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What Not To Compost And Why

Equally important to knowing what materials can be added to the compost pile is what materials must absolutely be left out of your compost pile — unless you’re looking for problems. Below is a list of materials to be left out of your compost pile and why.

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Compost Ingredients

Adding assorted materials to your compost pile is the third and a very important requirement if you want your compost recipe to work well. Best results are obtained if 1) there is enough air to provide the oxygen necessary for the bacteria to carry out “aerobic” decomposition; 2) your compost pile is as damp as a wrung-out sponge, and 3) you have a mixture of both “brown” and “green” compost ingredients added to your compost pile. Read the rest of this entry »

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Compost Moisture

Checking the Moisture Level In Your Compost Pile

The second most important requirement that helps keep the decomposer organisms working just the way they should is having just the correct amount of moisture (water) in your compost pile.

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5 Ways To Air Compost Pile

Why you must keep adding air to your compost pile

When backyard composting, you must often add air to your compost pile because air penetrates only the first few inches of the pile; it cannot easily get through to the middle of the pile.

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Secret To Making Great Compost

What is the secret to great Organic Compost?

In order to end up with a crumbly, dark, soil-like humus, regardless which process you choose to use (and there are many processes you can choose from), you must supply your compost pile with this basic compost recipe: the right combination of food, air, and water.
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How A Composting Pile Works

What makes a Compost Pile works,

that is , what helps decomposition in a composting pile, can be explained this way.  I will give you a general overview of what must happen to make organic waste material decompose. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Compost?

Why Is Organic Compost The Best Thing For Your Garden?

If you, like many people,  are still not too familiar with the art of composting, you may be looking for answers to such questions as:
What is composting and why should I compost?
– How does a compost pile work?
– What is the best way to use my compost?
– What should I put into the compost pile?
– What should I not put into my compost pile?
– Why are oldtimers and those who have used organic compost in their garden calling it a way to create Backyard Magic?

I sill eventually answer all of those question, but in this  post, let’s look look at the first question: What is composting and why should I compost? Read the rest of this entry »

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