Organic Farming 101: Composting at Home

It is no secret that the organic farming and other environmentally-focused industries are becoming more popular among consumers. Not only that, but consumers are becoming more mindful about their purchasing decisions, making sure to choose only options that are beneficial for the environment and to minimize their carbon footprint. 

Others have chosen to take this support further, implementing more environmentally-conscious choices in their daily lives. One way that they have shown their support for the organic farming industry is by composting at home. Learn more about how you can get started with home composting. 

Learn the Basics

If you’re looking to get started with composting, then you have to make sure that you have the basics down pat first. This means that you need to set aside a location on your property that you can use for your composting. 

With composting, there are three main components to a good compost: browns, greens, and water. Browns refer to compost materials like dead leaves, branches, and twigs. These supply carbon to your compost pile. 

Greens refer to materials like grass clippings and vegetable waste. Greens help contribute nitrogen to your compost. Finally, you need enough water to add adequate moisture to your compost for the compost process to work, as moisture is needed to break down organic material. 

Know What You Can and Can’t Compost

It can be very easy to treat your compost heap the same way that you would a garbage disposal unit. After all, compost is just trash, right? However, keep in mind that if you compost the wrong items, then it can render your entire compost heap useless, which would be a waste of time and materials. 

Compost is meant to be used to add nutrition to your soil and aid your home organic farming and gardening, so if your compost is a dud, you won’t be able to enjoy those benefits. And if you use bad compost, you risk harming your plants. 

This is why it is very important that you learn exactly what you can and can’t compost. There are plenty of materials that people think they can compost, like meat bones and fat. 

These materials should not be composted because they rely on anaerobic organisms to break down, which results in a bad odor in your compost heap and can attract pests. You have to set aside a different composting system for any meat scraps and bones. 

If you have a cat or dog, you should also avoid composting their waste as these types of animals often carry certain parasites in their waste that can contaminate your soil and plants. 

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