Now that spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner, it’s prime time for your garden to be flourishing. Creating your own compost pile is an easy, natural way to care for your plants and flowers, while being good for the environment and jump-starting nature’s own recycling plan. Follow these composting tips to start your own compost pile, keep your garden growing, and get rid of your yard and kitchen waste in an eco-friendly way.


The Benefits

Composting at home doesn’t just reduce your carbon footprint – it reduces the negative impact on your wallet and on your garden. Who needs fancy fertilizer and trash bags when you have a compost pile? It keeps waste out of landfills and increase permeability of heavy soils, which in turn reduces erosion and runoff. Composting also reduces soil disease and helps plants grow to their maximum capacity.


The Basics

Composting is simple when you break it down (no pun intended). Microorganisms break down larger organisms to create healthy soil. Collect green waste (carbon rich, wetter materials), such as grass clippings and kitchen waste, and brown waste (nitrogen, drier materials), such as leaves, pine needles, and dead plants. Chop it into small pieces and add to large container at about a 2:1 brown-to-green ration. Continue to keep it moist and stir/rotate so everything is evenly distributed.


Bonus Tips

If having a whole compost container seems too daunting, or your garden doesn’t need that much soil, you can tackle this project on a smaller level. Dig a small hole and bury scraps (for a small garden); layer green and brown waste and cover with soil. You can also grow plants in immature compost – peas, beans, potatoes, and squash will do especially well.


Whether you’re just starting a garden or looking for a more natural way to maintain your yard, composting is a simple way to help your plants grow while disposing of waste in a safe way. You’re just a few dry leaves away from increasing your home sustainability!