Week 20: Composting – Final Steps & Tips

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During the last two weeks we have discussed how to select a compost bin and the ingredients that go into a compost pile (i.e. greens and browns).  Now all you need to do is select a location for your bin and dump the ingredients inside, and then of course, WAIT!  Great tips on location and ratio of ingredients are provided in the following video.  

Bin Location:  As was mentioned in the video, select a location that is in the shade and at the top of a slope if there is one.  The shade is a good location since most of the plants in the garden will not grow well in shade.  The uphill end of a slope is good since compost is much more dense and heavier than the ingredients and so you would much rather be carrying the finished compost downhill instead of uphill.

Ratio of Ingredients:  I had mentioned a 1 to 1 ratio of greens to browns last week, but truthfully the ideal ratio is twice the amount of browns to greens and to layer them like lasagna. Finally if you would like to speed up the composting process you can mix the ingredients once or twice every few weeks to bring additional air into the mixture.  Remember to also cut everything into small pieces if you want to quicken the process.  One member on our list suggested rinsing out the inside of the shells and then placing them in the oven after you turn it off to dry them out and make them more brittle.

Your objective for this week is to locate the bin in as ideal of a spot as possible and to start adding ingredients in a 2:1 ratio.  After this we just need to wait.

Thanks everyone and good luck with your compost.  Send some photos!

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