A compost pile is a great way to recycle your kitchen scraps. Composting is an ancient process that has been around for thousands of years. The practice is still used today in many parts of the world, especially in Europe and Asia.
In this article we will discuss how to start a compost pile, the different types of composting systems, and what you can use it for.
How To Start A Compost Pile
You can easily start a compost pile by putting some newspaper or cardboard in a corner of your yard and piling up all of your kitchen scraps there. The key to successful composting is to add a lot of different things to your pile. You should have at least 5 different kinds of food scraps in your pile. These include vegetable, fruit, meat, dairy, and bread. If you can get a little creative and throw in some grass clippings and weeds from your garden then you will be making a very healthy compost pile.
You should also put a few small sticks in your compost pile to help with aeration. This will keep the pile moist and help to speed up the composting process.
There are many different types of composting systems. We will discuss two of them below.
Worm Composting System
If you do not want to spend a lot of money then you can build a worm composting system. A worm composting system uses worms to turn your kitchen scraps into compost. Worms eat your kitchen scraps and excrete a type of manure called castings. This castings is perfect for gardening. You can even use it as fertilizer for plants.
To build a worm composting system you will need to dig a hole about 3 feet deep. Put your kitchen scraps into the bottom of the hole. Then place some dirt over the top of the kitchen scraps. Cover the hole with plastic and then fill it with water. Place a bucket of dirt next to the hole so the worms can come out of the ground and lay their eggs. Add a handful of worms and cover the bucket with dirt. You can now let the worms do their thing and turn your kitchen scraps into compost.