L’ART DE VIVRE THE AUBERGE BLOG

Learn to Compost at Home

May 29, 2014

In recognition of “Learn About Composting Day” we have put together some tips from our properties to help you create your own composting site at home. Composting is simple, great for the environment and (best of all) its free!  Start composting at home to add nutrient-rich fuel for both your plants and the soil without any use of unnatural chemicals.  Here’s how you can get started.

  • Carve out a spot at the corner of your garden to start your compost pile on bare earth. Lay a few inches of hay to aerate the pile
  • Lay a few inches of hay to aerate the pile
  • Add compost materials in layers, alternating moist and dry

Moist ingredients include food scraps, tea bags, etc.
Dry materials are straw, leaves, and wood ashes.

  • Add green manure (clover, buckwheat, wheatgrass, grass clippings) to activate the compost pile
  • Keep compost moist with occasional watering or rain
  • Cover with wood or plastic sheeting. This will help retain moisture and heat and prevents the compost from being over-watered by rain. The compost should be moist, but not soaked and sodden.
  • Every few weeks give the pile a quick turn to aerate the pile
  • To add more materials later just include them when you are turning the pile

Good luck!