How To Make A Compost Pit?

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Compost pits are one of the simplest and easiest methods of composting in your garden. The only thing that you need to worry about is labor, as it is a labor-intensive setup. Once you have searched for the pit, you need to dig and fill it with compost material such as vegetables, fruits, and grass clippings. Further, when you fil the pit with the compostable material, it requires minimum maintenance. Also, with time it decomposes that material into useful organic material for your garden and yard. Making a compost pit is super easy. Here are some ways to help you out in making a compost pit. 

Site Selection Consideration

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Always select a safe location to dig your compost pit. Always place the pit in lower-traffic areas to prevent them from injury or tripping.

Find a location away from dogs as dogs can dig your compost again and spoil it. Remember that after digging up the compost, you will have to shift it to your garden so that the pile is not too far away from the garden.

Making Compost Pits

As per the amount of material you wish to compost, you can make a small or big composting pit. Further, if you are digging it in grassy soil, use a garden spade to cut the sod around the border of the pit. Furthermore, use the spade to remove and loosen the sod.

After removing the grass, use a shovel to dig the pit 1 to 2 feet deep, advises the Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Further, don’t forget to use a rake to ensure that the bottom of the pit is leveled. Before adding composting material, mark the pit to find it once you quickly fill it with the material. Consider using some stakes or paving stones for making corners.

Fill The Compost Pit

Fill the compost pit with suitable materials. Always aim for an equal mix of greens and browns.

Greens are nitrogen sources and include things like a scrap of fruits, coffee grounds, vegetables, grass clippings, and manure.

Browns are sources of carbon and include dry leaves, pine needles, wood chips, and straws.

Cover Each Layer Of Compost With Some Dirt You Dug Up When Making The Compost Pit.

There are some items that you should not add to your compost pit. Animal products, such as dairy and meat, often cause an odor problem in your compost and attract pests. Coal and black walnuts may be toxic to some plants. Pet waste often contains harmful microbes that can infect your plants.

Materials Required

  • Garden spade
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Paving stones or stakes
  • Compostable material

Make sure you follow all the steps correctly and wait for the result. Even if your try isn’t successful, don’t lose hope and try to do your best.

Final Say

These are some of the best tips you need to know about composting. Whenever you try to make compost, all needed precautions are taken precisely, and every step is followed in order.

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