How to Build a Compost Pile

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Tia Pinney

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Okay compost. If you are going to garden, you really should compost even if you don't garden, compost is a great thing to do and it also removes your garbage from the waste stream. This is a very easy composter. Composters come in all different types but this particular one can be gotten usually from any of your local DPW's; you know your local dump. It is made by actually I don't know who but most state and local governments sell these for about twenty-five dollars. They are recycled plastic. They are just a big flat piece of black plastic with some holes in it and they have a cone for the bottom and a cone for the top. I am going to move this now so we can look at how to build a compost pile. One of the problems people think of compost is it will smell. A well built compost pile will not smell because it is going to have air. As long as it has enough different kinds of materials in it, it will be fine. Now here in this starting, we have tomatoes. These are tomato skins and someone was obviously making some sauce or sliced tomatoes and we can't leave that in that little bunk like that because it will rot rather than compost. So those tomatoes we could add in, here's some leaves from a leeks. Someone was chopping leeks and we could add those in. It gives a different type of material. Here's egg shells. Egg shells are better if you actually crush them because they do take a long time to compost but they will add minerals to your compost. No reason not to put in egg shells. They are good. Now this is all wet organic material. To that we have to add some dry organic material. You can use leaves. You can use old weeds which are fairly dry. You can use most anything but you do need to balance out that wet organic material. Then as well as all that, add some finished compost. Add a shovel full or two of finished compost to your material. So you've got your wet organic material. That would be your food stuff, your vegetable scraps. You've got your dry organic material which would be your dead leaves or your dead weeds and then you've got a shovel full of finished compost.