Composting for back yards and urban areas
When coming to composting most back yards in urban and village areas have a great source of composting material. With leaves grass branches and household wast a good compost ban be made to add to the back yard garden .
First wee need to look at what you have in your yard and what is the best method . We also need to find a source to compost bins . bins can be brought through your local retailer or city council or you can make one with martial you may have .
Fist thing fist know what you are composting if fiji .
Recipes for making compost usually tell you to combine the browns and greens in the correct ratios. The recommendations usually go something like this: The ideal C:N ratio is 30 parts brown to 1 part green this typically for large open areas . For back yard in bin you can try Green matter, such as grass or clover clippings and any legume debris, is nitrogen-rich. Brown mater, such as dry fallen leaves and or chopped twigs and branches ,paper and cardbord with out paint is carbon-rich. Mix these in a ratio of 2:1, green to brown, for a well-balanced compost pile.
Composting browns can be
- wood chips and twigs non treated
- sawdust non treated
- paper cardboard
- lint from dryer ,cotton
- pine needles
Composting greens can be
- grass clippings
- vegetable and fruit wast
- coffee grounds
- weeds that have not began to seed
- animal manure not cat and dog
Composting bin can be Bought trough local supplier or contact your city council for info.
composting bin made from plastic bin and built on wood support
Composting bin bought from local supplier be sure to put holes in bottom for draining .
Make sure to use equal amounts of brown and green material as to much green material such as fruits will attract a lot of insects. you will know you compost is ready when it has a fresh soil smell other than a rotting smell. if you find the smell to be strong for your areas cover the top with dry grass or saw dust this keep down the smell.
What not to put in your compost
- Avoid putting pet waste into your compost, unless it’s cow, horse, chicken, or rabbit. Dog and cat (omnivores) poop is not good for your compost as it can carry bacteria and other harmful microorganisms.
- Avoid putting meat and fat (with a possible exception for fish bones) into your compost as it will attract animals, and smell terrible.
- Avoid coffee filters and tea bags unless you know that they’re made from natural materials that will break down. (Coffee grounds and loose tea leaves are a-ok though!)
- Avoid adding produce stickers. As much as possible, try to get into the habit of removing these from your produce before consuming it. They don’t decompose.
- And lastly, avoid putting anything into your compost pile that contains synthetic materials like plastic, glossy coated papers, pressure treated wood, and paint.