Sometimes you want to grow your own foods, flowers, or herbs. Sometimes they like to have nutrients to grow and sometimes that costs money. Creating a compost system for your home is a great way to prepare quality soil for your plants and save a little bit of money as well. My favorite part is picking the seedlings out of my compost and getting a free tomato, squash, or pepper plant! We call these little plant surprises "volunteers". We hope you take the opportunity to create your own soil and grow some of your own volunteers!
Follow the graphic guideline below and maintain a 2:1 carbon to nitrogen ratio of your waste. In essence, for every bucket of food or leafy greens you add (Nitrogen), you should pile in two buckets of dead leaves, hay, paper, mulch or biodegradable cardboard (Carbon). The more woody the Carbon materials are the longer they take to break down. In optimal conditions, you get processed compost in 50-60 days. Notice I said optimal...