Composting Tips – How Does A Composting Pile Work?

by Lee Dobbins

Pile? Is that the big smelly heap you might see at the bottom of a farmers garden? Or shoved into the corner of the local environmentalists, rotting away? Yes, it is. But piles are not just for farmers or environmentalists. They are great resources for the planet, and for yourselves, helping to sustain and maintain the environment around us for future generations. They are easy to implement in your own garden, and need not to be simply a stinking pile of waist.

Taking a large container – usually, this is a large box, a huge bin, or a garden barrel specifically designed for the purpose of compositing. The, you will be able to safely throw away your waste and will be able to utilise it to the best of your ability, effectively recycling in your own back yard.

So how exactly does a composing pile work.

Lets start with what goes into your . It is not a place for you to throw ALL of your waste away. Meat products could not go into this for example, but there is a lot of waste that can. This is anything from garden of field waste, like falling leaves, to household food waste such as fruit peels and rotting fruit – like an apple core.

When you are creating a composting pile however, there are other things which need to be included. This things range from saw dust and straw, all the way to manure. Though it may sound odd, these are all important things. They help to make the good soil which you wish to use. Finding manure is not hard, if you cannot find it in a field, then go to a local gardening centre and buy some bags of manure to put into your composting pile.

Within the pile there will be micro organisms which work to disintegrate the items which have been thrown into the pile. These micro organisms are important to making composting piles, without them we would not have any. Putting you compositing pile into a shed is a great way to keep them alive as it means they will always be in a high suitable temperature and away from the threat of a frost which can kill them.

The other two things which are required by micro organisms is air and water. Just like with humans and animals. Make sure that whatever container you plan to use is well ventilated with air holes all over it, while also ensuring that it gets enough rain water. If your compost pile is not moist like a sponge would be, then you should water it yourself as it is not getting enough of this from the rain.

Finally, remember that although you are able to throw all your food wastes directly into the composting pile, it will be more difficult for the whole pieces to decompose. Cut up pieces of apple and other such things to allow the process to speed up.

With all of these conditions complete, you will have a compositing pile which is going to be helpful for you in the future. The whole process can take anywhere from two weeks to two years. If all the above conditions are correct, and it is a very hot place, the decomposition rate will be increased, and you can be planting in no time.

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