Recipe for Making Great Compost

Recipe for Making Great Compost

While the following recipe may seem surprisingly simple, it is the essence of classic backyard composting. Once you know the process, adding your personal touch will help you cook up the perfect compost every time.

Ingredients: Air, Water, Carbon (brown waste) and Nitrogen (green waste)

To Prepare:

Combine generous portions of all ingredients and allow to cook outdoors for several months.  Just starting piling up the ingredients in a convenient place A corner of your yard is a common option.
Continue to add brown and green ingredients until the pile is approximate 4’ x 4’ x 4’.
Mix often (every week is good) and add water to moisten (about like a damp sponge).

Compost is ready to serve when the ingredients are unrecognizable, the internal temperature is ambient, and the contents smell rich and earthy.  Add to the existing garden soil at about 30% by volume and mix into the top four inches of any garden bed. While the following recipe may seem surprisingly simple, it is the essence of classic backyard composting. Once you know the process, adding your personal touch will help you cook up the perfect compost every time.

Ingredients: Air, Water, Carbon (brown waste) and Nitrogen (green waste)

To Prepare:

Combine generous portions of all ingredients and allow to cook outdoors for several months.  Just starting piling up the ingredients in a convenient place A corner of your yard is a common option.
Continue to add brown and green ingredients until the pile is approximate 4’ x 4’ x 4’.
Mix often (every week is good) and add water to moisten (about like a damp sponge).

Compost is ready to serve when the ingredients are unrecognizable, the internal temperature is ambient, and the contents smell rich and earthy.  Add to the existing garden soil at about 30% by volume and mix into the top four inches of any garden bed. While the following recipe may seem surprisingly simple, it is the essence of classic backyard composting. Once you know the process, adding your personal touch will help you cook up the perfect compost every time.

Ingredients: Air, Water, Carbon (brown waste) and Nitrogen (green waste)

To Prepare:

Combine generous portions of all ingredients and allow to cook outdoors for several months.  Just starting piling up the ingredients in a convenient place A corner of your yard is a common option.
Continue to add brown and green ingredients until the pile is approximate 4’ x 4’ x 4’.
Mix often (every week is good) and add water to moisten (about like a damp sponge).

Compost is ready to serve when the ingredients are unrecognizable, the internal temperature is ambient, and the contents smell rich and earthy.  Add to the existing garden soil at about 30% by volume and mix into the top four inches of any garden bed. A few common things you might be tempted to add to your compost should be avoided. If you want to play it safe, keep these out of your compost:

What Not To Add – From Outside

Weeds going to seed (you don’t want weed seeds surviving only to sprout in your garden compost next spring).
Diseased  While it’s possible the diseases won’t over-winter, the safe bet is to leave them out of your compost ingredients.
Animal waste (from carnivores)
Chemically–treated plants and grass. While most consumer lawn and garden chemicals break down rather quickly when exposed to the elements, some do not. In fact, they’re very persistent.

What Not To Add From Inside

Animal products. This includes meat, bones, grease, and dairy. Reasons to keep these away from your compost include the risk of potential disease pathogens, short term odor, and critter attractant. While all can be composted, that doesn’t mean you should. In home systems, tend towards the conservative side, especially when starting out