You have decided to make your own compost.Now it is time to collect all necessary materials.There is a list of items that you will need to get started. Most of these items are available in your own yard and require a small amount of planning ahead of time.

Make Your own Compost Bin

Once you pick a location for your compost bin or pile,you are going to need approximately four inches of leaves as a base.Remember to select the location  in an easily accessible place.If you are able to chip the leaves prior it will make things progress and breakdown faster but it is not a requirement. The quantity of leaves you will need to make a four-inch base will vary depending on the size of the bin you have chosen.

Your next layer should be about one inch of high-quality soil. If you cannot find this in your own garden a small bag purchased from your local nursery will work fine.

Make Your own Compost Bin

Then start layering the food for the microbes to eat. There are two categories of food you are going to need brown (yard waste) and green (food scraps or other organic waste). A common ratio is two parts brown for every part of green.

You are going to need a spade or heavy-duty pitch fork to turn or rotate the compost at least once per week. If there is a dry-spell you will need a means of adding water (a hose) to keep the pile moist.

Make Your own Compost Bin

With such simple materials and start-up instructions, anyone can start their own compost pile in under a day. If you choose to not use a bin, consider buying some wire mesh to contain the pile, it can be wrapped around the base of the pile in a circular shape. The compost can be ready anywhere from two months up to one year.

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I am Amila, a mom for a son and I love to keep my home clean.I also love gardening and DIY projects. I am also an engineer working in Construction sector,therefore in this blog I also share tips on home improvement and construction related to help others.