Here are some tips on making compost simple. Everyone knows that the success of any pottery plants is the foundation or soil used in the pots. You can purchase high quality potting soil or you can follow some of these easy tips and create your own. When it comes to successful potted flowers and plants, the soil mix is not the place to skimp.
No frugal gardener would turn down the gift of plant food. But that is what we do every time we place a bag of yard trimmings at the curb. Save the cost of store bought fertilizers by turning garden debris into nutrient packed compost. This is a vital ingredient to successful potted plants and flowers. The first step is to chop garden clippings by running over them with a mower that has a bag attachment.
Layer or mix green fresh and brown dry materials. Moisten materials as you add them to make the contents damp, but not soggy. Once a week blend outer ingredients into the hotter center. The best compost recipe includes a combo of carbon rich brown materials like dry leaves, plant stalks, pine needles and small twigs with nutrient green materials like coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells and veggie scraps.
Carbon is the spark that starts the composting process. Nitrogen fuels the microorganisms that decompose materials. Try to add about 3 times as many brown materials as green materials. Do not compost meat, bones, animal waste, dairy products, diseased plants, seeded weeds, plants treated with pesticides or any inorganic materials. Keep adding kitchen scraps during the winter months. They will decompose when the weather warms again.