If you live in or have a holiday home as a cabin, you might want to start a compost bin. Adding compost to your garden can give your soil nutrients, and it has countless other benefits. Here are some steps to take to create your own compost bin at your cabin!
Steps to start your compost heap
Find a space
The first step is to clear a space in your garden. It should be a dry and shady spot and potentially be close to a water source. In addition, the bare soil should be exposed.
Build the layers
The first base layer consists of straw and twigs. Stack it right, so it drains well. You can include brown and green material as you add further layers.
One of the most crucial components of a compost heap is nitrogen. Adding this can start the decomposition process. You can purchase nitrogen fertilizer to add to the pile.
Keep it damp and oxygenated
It’s essential to keep your compost pile damp and oxygenated. Make sure it doesn’t try out, and add some water if necessary. Also, turn your pile often. This adds air and oxygen to the process, which helps the composting process.
Make sure that you compost the right material
There are a few materials that you can compost, including some types of food and other natural material.
Here are some examples of things that you can compost:
- Fruit and vegetable remains, including peels
- The remains of eggs
- Ground coffee
- Leftover natural wood
However, you can’t compost animal bones or meat, fatty or oily foods, weeds, garden waste that’s been treated with pesticides and plastic. Even biodegradable plastic shouldn’t be on the compost.
Once you have an active compost pile, you can apply it to different places in your garden and ensure that it remains healthy and hydrated!