Compost is the placement of organic material in a pile or compost bin so the matter breaks down and can be used as a soil amendment in the garden. Grass clippings, leaves and even kitchen waste from cooking or juicing fruit is used in compost. Placing juicer pulp in the right layer of the compost heap will provide the heat needed to break down tough fruit skin so it will be usable in the garden, says the University of Minnesota.
Place a layer of wood or cardboard at the bottom of the compost heap to keep it off the ground.
Start with a layer of green waste, such as grass clippings, vegetables or juicer pulp, then add another layer of brown material such as leaves, paper or cardboard. One part green to one part brown is the right ratio, according to the University of Illinois.
Cover the green and brown waste layer with a thin layer of fertilizer and topsoil. Continue layering in this manner, using your pulp in the green layer, until your compost bin is stacked several layers high.
Water the compost heap to aid in the decomposition process. The heap should be damp like a sponge.
Turn the pile to prevent odors and aid in decomposition after the first two weeks, once the center of the pile has sunk down and heated up, recommends the University of Minnesota. Continue turning the pile every few weeks. In three to four months the pile will be ready to use.
Things You Will Need
- Juicer pulp
- Compost pile
- Shovel or pitchfork
- Green material
- Brown material