What many gardeners today fail to do is create their own bulk compost. With the many gardening shops offering fertilizers that come in handy bags and bottles, many are lured out of making bulk compost. Chemical fertilizers, however, can damage the natural balance of nutrients and acids in the soil which can lead to long term soil degradation. Save up on money and help create environmentally friendly ways of fertilizing your garden through bulk compost. Here’s how.
- Determine the location. In some cases, you can use a separate compost bin for the bulk compost. However, making your bulk compost can be as easy as setting a part of your lawn or garden for the compost. If you must, mark the area with stones or a small fence. Dig a small hole where the initial compost will be placed. A hole that is two to three feet deep will be enough for starters. Make sure that the area you choose is well shaded, since compost needs to be kept moist. Direct sunlight will dry out your compost.
- Add garden refuse. The base for the compost pit is garden refuse. These include old plants such as roses, carnations and whatever blooms you have. If you have exceeds produce such as fruits and vegetables that have already begun to rot, add these as well into the compost pit. After weeding your garden and mowing the grass, take these piles and add them to the compost. Rake the garden as well and place the dead leaves into the compost pit. Make sure that you make a habit out of composting. Through time, you will generate enough grass clippings and dead leaves to fertilizer your entire garden.
- Add egg shells and kitchen refuse. Apart from garden refuse, you can also add egg shells and other kitchen refuse such as from vegetables and fruit rinds. In general, however, you should avoid adding meat into the pile since this can lead to unpleasant odors. You can also use broth and liquids that were used to boil meat into the compost pile. The eggs are especially useful since these contain minerals that are easily absorbed by the soil and which greatly benefit plants. Crush these into small pieces and add to the compost.
- Add other biodegradable materials. Apart from kitchen materials, you can also add other biodegradable products such as egg cartons, old and shredded newspapers, and paper bags. These will decompose in the compost pit and will be turned into raw minerals that your plants and garden will love.
- Soak and turn. Once the filling for the compost pit is assembled, the next step is to add water. Take a garden hose and spray the entire compost pit with water. The goal is to make the compost pit moist but not soggy. You need to turn the compost over a few times so that you do not saturate the outside of the compost pit, while maintaining a dry interior. Leave the compost pit and after a week, turn the filling to allow air to circulate.
Making your own compost pit does not have to be difficult. Even better, most of the materials that you need are already in your backyard. Instead of wondering where to dispose the dead leaves, make a compost pile that will help you to organically grow your garden.