Would you believe the simplest compost piles are often the ones that are most effective? Well it’s true! A pile of old fruits, vegetables, dried leaves and often manure, over time can become rich plant food. When starting a compost pile, apples tend to be a great source of nitrogen. Nitrogen is a necessary ingredient that helps compost break down. Follow the steps below and you will be producing rich, beautiful compost in no time!
- If you haven’t started a compost pile yet, section off a spot in your yard or garden for composting. Your compost pile should be away from your house because it may attract bugs or small animals. You can also purchase a composting bin at your local hardware store; which will keep bugs and animals out, but it’s not necessary.
- Every day, throw your apple cores and apple peelings into your compost pile. Old apples that are no longer good to eat may also be thrown into your pile. Apples are considered green debris. Toss dead leaves that have fallen from trees and some soil onto the apples. These materials are considered brown debris and the best ratio in compost is one part green, two parts brown. So make sure you have both!
- If possible, add a little manure to help the compost break down. Manure is optional; your compost will break down without it but you will need to tend to the pile on a daily basis.
- If you don’t get any rain for a few days make sure to keep your compost moist. Lightly sprinkling your pile with water is a great way to do this.
- Turn your compost pile with a shovel or pitchfork to mix it up. When your pile is small you will need to do this every couple days, but as your pile grows you may only need to turn it once a week.