How to Build Your Own Compost Pile

So many countries and cultures around the world are beginning to realize that growing gardens at home is a great way to provide their families with healthy foods or fresh herbs, there are already a lot of people who have created their own small gardens or “green spots” in their back yard. Not only are they receiving the benefits of delicious and healthy vegetables and fruits, but having a garden can help the local environment. So people are starting to practice healthy gardening habits to keep their garden, yard, trees, and surrounding environment healthy.

So what can you do to help your environment when you own a garden? You can build your own compost pile, or get a backyard composter of course!  With a little bit of work, you can recycle organic waste into an organic matter that you can use as fertilizer or soil additive.

What is Compost?

First, lets find out what what compost actually is. Composting is a controlled natural conversion process that makes organic material decompose into a state that can be used as a soil additive or fertilizer for your garden and any other greenery you might have.

At the most basic, compostable materials include yard debris (usually from garden maintenance, like clippings and fallen leaves), and some types of kitchen scraps. These are then put into a suitable environment for proper decomposition.

What are the Benefits of Composting?

Recycling

With just the simplest composting methods, you can remove up to 500 pounds or more of organic matter from the garbage dumps, landfills, and incinerators. Even better, you will end up using all this waste to keep your garden and green areas healthy and fresh.

Proper use of compost will reduce soil erosion caused by water run-off or wind factors. It also improves soil structure, and “recharges” the soil with added nutrients. The porous quality of the soil also improves, reducing dependency on water. Compost can also inhibit plant disease, and even protect your own garden from pollutants.

Community

If you divert your garbage from landfills, you also help reduce methane gas. And if you think about it, although home composting may not mean a lot, once a whole community starts doing this, the impact in terms of waste reduction will be considerable. Composting can also be a jump-off point for community-based recycling and waste diversion initiatives.

Build Your Own Compost Pile

Here are some basic steps on how to build your own compost pile. Home composting may be tricky at first, but once you get into the swing of it, making compost can be integrated easily into your home schedule.

Trash Audit

The very first thing you should do is have a trash audit. You should list down what exactly you throw out, and what you can use for the compost pile.