Paper, food scraps, wood, and yard trimmings are a few regularly discarded items that can be composted. By utilizing these materials, you can create a beautiful, cost-efficient, and eco-friendly garden. Read on for a brief guide to the composting process and follow these steps to create a beautiful garden.
- Spread a Brown Layer: The first order of business is deciding where you want to compost. Once you’ve designated a certain area, begin by spreading a layer of brown, or carbon-rich materials. This can include straw, leaves, and even shredded newspaper. This layer will ideally be a few inches thick.
- Top it with a Green Layer: After you’ve spread a few inch thick layer of carbon-rich, brown materials, you will then top it with a layer of green materials. This will likely be grass clippings, but can also include vegetable peelings and related kitchen waste.
- Add a Layer of Soil: After spreading a layer of grass, vegetable peelings, and other greens, you will want to add a layer of garden soils. This should be roughly one or two shovelfuls, however the amount can fluctuate depending on the size of your composting area.
- Add More Brown: Once you’ve added a layer of soil you will need to once again add a layer of brown leaves and other brown materials on top of the soil.
- Moisten: It’s imperative that you don’t let the area get too dry, because dryness slows the decomposition process. In order to gauge if your compost is moist enough, grab a handful and see if it feels similar to a wet sponge. If it feels dryer than that, moisten it to accelerate the composition process.
- Enjoy: Composting improves the quality of your garden soil and negates any deficiencies the soil may have had. Not only will you be left with an incredible garden, but you’ll also be helping the environment by utilizing this all-natural process.
To learn more about composting and its many benefits, don’t hesitate to contact Western Disposal in Boulder. To find out more information, call us at (303) 586-1100 today.