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Rule #1 about composting.
Composting doesn’t have to be a complicated, scientific, well thought out, detailed planned event. Composting is something that you just do! There are really no right ways to compost and no wrong ways to compost. As long as you are piling up organic matter so it can decompose to be re-used you are doing great.
You don’t even have to pile it up or have a bin. Just have a place to dump things that you’d like to decompose. I don’t get crazy with my composting. I just do it and give little thought to it. However, I will share with you here the basic steps and ideas.
What should I compost?
1. Anything organic that will rot down in a reasonable period of time. Small tree branches, usually less than 1/2″ in diameter, use the rest for firewood or kindling wood. Weeds, grass, clippings, trimmings from shrubs and trees. Normally I’d say no dog or cat waste, and I will still say that today. However, Amber found this about Dog Waste.
What is the correct carbon to nitrogen ration?
I have no idea! But I’m sure somebody will give us all of that scientific stuff in a comment below. But me? I just don’t get that complicated. Here’s my strategy. I’ve got a bucket of weeds. What do I do with it? I’ll put it in the compost bin. I raked up some grass clippings. What should I do with it? I’ll put it in the compost bin. If I think I’ve put in too much really, really green stuff I’ll shovel some mulch or soil in and cover up the green stuff. But truth be told, rarely do I even give it that much thought because . . .
It will rot. It doesn’t need my help. It will rot.
Technically you should have a layer of green material and a layer of brown material. Don’t have any brown material? Get on Craig’s list and find somebody selling bags of manure. Yesterday somebody told they were buying bags of Alpaca manure for $1.00 a bag from somebody on Craig’s list. Perfect!
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Should you turn your compost?
Oh! Absolutely you should turn your compost!
Do I? No! It just not going to happen. Why? Because each and everyday I wake up with a list of things to do, and even if turning the compost were on the list, other, more important things would take priority. I compost okay? Leave me alone about turning the pile.
1. I’ve got a really weak back. I am not going to use it up turning compost. It will rot on it’s own! That’s the only thing it knows how to do.
2. When the bin is full I’ll chew it up using my Mantis Tiller then throw it on the potting soil pile. There! I turned it! Happy now? (sorry little cranky this morning. I’m rushing to get to a nursery auction)
Mike’s Easy, No Turn Composting System.
Back at the old house I had a composting system. If you want to call it that. Okay, so I guess it was a system.
Here are some photos and a better explanation.