In organic gardening, compost plays the most important role, ensuring the life of your plants and garden. Organic gardening compost is made of any natural wastes, such as leaves, grass, bushes, flowers, animal manure and other broken down organic material. In short, anything that was not chemically produced or manufactured can become compost for organic gardening.
Organic compost for gardening is the most recommended source of your plant and soil’s nutrients that improves water retention, soil structure and ventilation of soil that may contain excessive sand or clay. Besides, making organic gardening compost is indeed the easiest thing about maintaining a garden.
Materials for Making Organic Gardening Compost
So, if you decided to make your own organic gardening compost, you should be know that there is no standard time to make it because it would depend entirely on the effort you will put into this task.
Make sure to buy a sturdy pitchfork or shovel that will allow you move or turn the organic gardening compost from one place to the next. You can build this pile of compost anywhere, except against an elevated structure, such as your patio, fence, or shed. The position of your compost pile is important because you would want bugs, worms and other small insects to help you compost. So, the best place for your pile is where these small insects can reach the compost.
To make your organic gardening compost, you will need several natural materials, such as grass clippings and a handful of kitchen scraps to provide your pile with nitrogen. You will also require some dried straw and leaves to add carbon to your compost. Other organic compounds, such as potassium and phosphorus sources, are also necessary to ensure that your soil is well balanced.
Most expert gardeners recommend turning your pile of organic gardening compost every other week; this will speed up the process of composting. When the pile becomes darker and richer, compost is ready. The compost should smell earthy and sweet as it crumbles when you take a handful from the pile. If your compost smells bad, it could indicate lack of oxygen or excess water in it.
The organic gardening compost that you will build can include dried blood, eggshells, bone meals, potato peelings and other homemade composts. However, some materials, such as animal fats, dead vines, grease and bones could contaminate your compost pile.
Organic gardening can be very rewarding experience. If you take time to master the art of composting, you will ensure that your soil will continue to be healthy and your plants will grow naturally and beautifully.