Tips for Preparing Compost Materials
One of the secrets to quickly decomposing compost materials, is to get them
ready to compost.
Preparing materials for the composting process, will allow the materials
to decompose much quicker, than just tossing the materials into the composting
pile, or into the composter.
You have two goals, as you get materials ready to compost:
First shred the material into fine pieces. Smaller pieces of
compost provides more surface area, for micro-organisms to do their job
of quickly decomposing the
Secondly, mix green and brown materials together. This combination translates
to faster, more efficient decomposition.
If you have the luxury of a chipper-shredder, it's cinch to send everything
through it before putting it into the compost pile.
A lawn mower does a good job shredding leaves and plant matter. Set the materials
on the ground and go over it a few times with the lawn mower. Then, rake
them up and it is ready to compost.
Break branches and twigs into many pieces, the more the better. Use pruners
, as needed.
Mix the different types of materials together as you put the into the compost
pile. his results in more decomposition.
If you have leftover compost from a previous batch, mix in a few shovels-ful.
It is rich in micro-organisms, which will rapidly multiply in a new pile.
More on Mixing Nitrogen and Carbon
Identifying Green and Brown compost materials:
(Nitrogen) Compost Materials
(Carbon) Compost Materials
Composting Tip: To speed up decomposition, mix and turn your compost