how does your garden grow?
Our disposable inserts (wet ones only) can be added to your home compost. Almost any natural organic material is suitable for composting. You need the proper ratio of carbon-rich materials (or "browns") and nitrogen-rich materials (or "greens").
Composting is not an exact science. Once you achieve the right ratio of greens and browns, what you'll be striving for is the right amount of air and water for your pile to generate heat. Too much water will slow or harm the process, so be careful watering or when using very wet natural materials. Often brown materials are drier than green, such as hay or straw in contrast to food scraps. So use brown materials to maintain dryness. Microbes thrive in a well-balanced compost pile, and it is those clever little microbes that digest and biodegrade your organic matter.
Wet ones only, please.
Why do we say that? What about the disposable inserts that are poopy? The truth is that home composting does not reach internal temperatures high enough to kill the pathogens associated with feces. You would need for it to reach 55° C (130° F). The same would be true for meat/chicken or bones.
Know your greens from your browns.
Green comes from grass clippings, disease-free weeds and fruit scraps. Chicken manure and rotted manure also fall under this category.
Brown comes from dried leaves, hay, sawdust and wood chips, etc.
- Carbon to nitrogen ration should be approximately 30:1
- Every time you add one element (carbon or nitrogen) you need to add the right ratio of the other.
- Use your weekly grass trimmings to feed your pile during the week. Grass is considered a green, and a good balance would be leaves, which are considered brown.
- Turn your pile periodically so you introduce oxygen for the microbes. Every 2-3 weeks is ideal.
- External temperature affects the rate of decomposition. Depending on where you live, winter temperatures will slow down the process.
- There is a point where you will want to stop "feeding" your pile. Let it "cure" before putting the resulting humus on your garden.
Problem: The compost pile does not heat up or appear to be decomposing. There are several things that can stall or slow down the composting process.
- Too wet? Turn the pile and add dry, coarse material like straw or wood chips.
- Too dry? Add enough water to moisten the pile without soaking it.
- Moist but not decomposing? Add more “green” matter. Turn and add nitrogen-rich material like manure or grass clippings.
- Damp and warm in the middle? Your pile may be too small. Add more green and brown matter, a little water and tumble. If your compost is dark and crumbly and has an earthy smell it is ready for use.
Problem: Critters are living in or near your compost pile. Remove fatty food and excess kitchen scraps, turn to increase temperature and balance the carbon (brown) nitrogen (green) ratio. Consider using an animal-proof bin like a tumbler.
Problem: Compost smells rotten. Your compost is too wet and needs more air. It’s rotting not decomposing. Turn compost and add dry material to help absorb moisture.
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|Brown||Green||Manure or Compost|
|Provides?||Energy for Microbes||Protein for Microbes||Microbes|
|Brown (Carbon)||Green (Nitrogen)||Manure/Compost|
|Dried Leaves||Fresh Grass||Chicken Manure|
|Straw or Hay||Kitchen Scraps (no meat/chicken or bones)||Farm Manure|
|Wood Chips||gDiaper Disposable Inserts (wet ones only*)||Dehydrated manure|
|Shredded paper||Coffee/Tea grounds|