It’s still January so I’m still talking resolutions. A good way to round out some of those more environmentally friendly resolutions is to start a compost.
Composting can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it. I once read a garden blogger’s comment about how technical we had to be with composting. It went something like this: Composting is like walking, you can either train to run a marathon or just put one foot in front of another.
There’s a lot of information about optimum composting but I’m gonna try to demystify it with a few simple rules.
- Don’t worry too much about getting the right mix of organic (green) ingredients and inorganic (brown) stuff for your heap. Precise measurement is a pain and only necessary if you’re trying to make a 100% steril compost.
- Don’t worry too much about moisture. Most compost instructions tell you it has to be precise but it’s actually much easier than that. Good compost smells earthy but not rotten. If your compost is enclosed, it’s easier to overwater. When it smells rancid, it’s too wet. Open enclosures or piles of compost are nearly impossible to overwater. If you do, just leave it alone and let it dry out a little. Dry compost is pretty obvious, it’s clumpy and doesn’t have much odor at all.
- You don’t have to turn your compost for it to decay. Turn your compost when you think it needs to be mixed because it has too much green or brown material on top or bottom. If all of your salad dressing is on top of your salad, you toss it; same goes for your compost.
Finally I want you to remember: you cannot fail. Mother Nature knows what to do. As far as working out the kinks for the best compost: experience is the best teacher.