Composting Made Easy!
We’re looking forward to the Earth Day celebration at Briar Chapel this weekend (Saturday, April 21 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.). From food trucks to BMX stunt performers, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Stay tuned as we continue to share posts from the Briar Chapel Blog with more information about the upcoming festivities.
- Choose an outdoor spot that’s convenient to your kitchen to host your compost.
- Purchase or build a compost bin.
- Prepare the spot of your compost pile by turning/tilling the soil in order to allow for aeration via earthworms.
- The bottom of your pile should consist of a three-inch layer of brown ingredients. These items are rich in carbon and include woody material such as twig cardboard and paper.
- Dampen the brown ingredients.
- Layer in ½ inch of healthy soil or pre-made compost.
- As greens become available, add them in. Greens consist of kitchen food scraps and yard waste.
- As greens are added, make sure to keep incorporating brown ingredients, as well.
- Check the moisture level of your pile from time to time. If things seem too dry, add in some water.
- “Turn” the pile every few months using a pitch fork or something similar.