Composting is an inexpensive, simple, effective means of adding nutrient-rich humus to your soil. Recycle waste from your kitchen and yard while creating a natural fertilizer that’s great for the environment.
This option is free to set up, assuming you have the materials on hand. You’ll need a space approximately 3’ square, the perfect size to allow your compost pile to reach the optimal temperature for breaking down organic material.
Gather your materials:
- Brown material: dead leaves, wood chips, nut shells, hay, corn and other husks, breads, etc
- Green material: fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps, grass, weeds and green leaves
- Soil material: manure, mature compost, or soil
- Cover: this can be a plastic tarp, wood, or even carpet pieces. You’ll want to cover the compost pile enough to control moisture and heat, but not so much that oxygen can’t reach it