If you plan to backyard compost, keep in mind a few things:
- To help speed up the process, break down or mulch larger items.
- When adding materials to your pile, be sure there is plenty of air and water, which allows the microorganisms (bugs) and insects to do their best work.
- Composting requires four vital elements:
- Carbon (is the source of energy and produces heat)
- Nitrogen (the protein to grow and produce more organisms)
- Oxygen (fuels the decomposition process) and
- Water (helps maintain activity).
Setting up for successful backyard composting:
To make your own bin you can use wire mesh, snow fencing, wood, bricks or even an old garbage can with holes in the bottom; or just make a heap and add to it! Anyway you do it, try to keep your pile to 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall. You can make it as long as you want to, but having the proper height and width is important to maintain heat in the pile.