How to Make Compost for the Garden


Compost is known as black gold to gardeners. There is no exact recipe for compost, just general guidelines for the proportion of ingredients. Make a compost pile with the right proportion of green and dried organic matter and a little finished compost to seed the pile, and it will be ready in just a few weeks.

Step 1

Set up your compost pile close to the garden but away from patios and other outdoor living spaces. Choose a spot that gets a few hours of sun each day, because the warmth helps the compost materials break down.

Step 2

Add green organic wastes such as grass clippings, pulled weeds from the garden and fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen. Green organic wastes should make up 2/3 of the volume of your compost pile.

Step 3

Add dried organic wastes such as fallen autumn leaves, dried hay or even shredded newspaper (no colored ink). You can also add shredded cardboard boxes. Dried organic wastes should make up 1/3 of the volume of your compost pile.

Step 4

Seed the pile with a few shovelfuls of finished compost. This introduces beneficial bacteria that helps to begin the decomposition process.

Step 5

Wet down the pile with a hose if rainfall is scarce.

Step 6

Turn the compost pile once a week with a garden fork. Rearrange the materials in the pile by moving the center of the pile to the outside and the outside to the center. After you rearrange the pile, push the materials back into the shape of a small mound.

Step 7

Your compost will be ready to use in about 8 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic wastes
  • Kitchen scraps
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard

Who Can Help

  • Tips for making compost.
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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.