Which Scraps Should Be in Your Compost Mixture?
Do you have a garden in your backyard? If so, then your garden could benefit immensely from you getting into composting at home. Most all organic material is perfect for your composting efforts, and you can even use it around other plants, trees and flowerbeds, making your landscape truly come alive.
Natural Compost Mixture Is Recommended
There is no better soil and fertilizer than natural compost, especially when you know what ingredients can make all the difference when it comes to composting. Of course, you were told that pretty much anything organic works. While that is true, it can be beneficial to pay attention to certain types of materials to make sure they are more prevalent in your organic compost mixture.
For example, it’s best when you find the right balance between materials that are rich in nitrogen and those that are rich in carbon. Those healthy and nutritious scraps from the kitchen you throw in are going to be what gives your compost its richness in nitrogen, while the carbon-rich materials are derived from matter like wood and leaves.
What would the proper mixture be? For starters, you’re going to have much more of the carbon rich material than the nitrogen rich material. This works great because in general, a good mixture might have about 25 times more carbon rich material (carbon-rich materials are things like dead leaves, straw or newspaper) than the nitrogen-rich meal scraps. But like preparing your own sandwich a little experimenting will be fun and interesting too.
If there are too much “brown” carbon rich materials the composting will be slow. If there are too much “green” kitchen scraps, the mixture may smell like ammonia. Make the mixture damp but not flooded. The microorganism need oxygen to accelerate the composting process, so don’t drown them in water.
As you get into composting, you’ll try out different things and find out what works best for your landscape. Each person has different types of lawn and kitchen scraps to add to the mix.
Double Chamber Composter
Do you have a composter? You don’t have to have one, but the material can break down much easier to aid your lawn and garden if you do. Look at the different composters to see if you want to make the investment.
Any large bin with ventilation would become a composter, but for real results and for efficient composting a tumbling composter is better. The fact that the mixture is turned around, and new material gets pressed and composted, gives better compost at the end of the process.
The advantage of a double chamber composter, is that when one chamber is “cooking” you can still add scraps to the other chamber. In this way you keep adding and recycling your kitchen organic scraps, while the other cabin is waiting to be ready.
The fact that the composter can spin and tumble, allows more air to mix inside and react.
If you are a beginner or have some experience with backyard composting, a double cabin composter is an obvious upgrade. Keep the kitchen scraps to 25% of the overall mixture, add 75% of leaves and carbon