Creating A Compost Pile

Compost Soil PictureComposting is the process of taking organic material that is generated around households and turning it into usable, nutrient rich soil that can boost the performance of soil in your garden. Another benefit of composting is keeping these organic materials, which comprise approximately 20 to 30 percent of what is typically thrown away in households, out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Compost DescriptionThere are countless resources available to help you start a compost pile at home but here are some basics. Select a dry, shady spot near a water source for your compost pile or bin (which are available at home improvement stores). Composts consist of brown materials (branches, shredded newspaper) which are the lower layer of materials, and green material such as fruit scraps, vegetable waste, and grass clippings. Tending to the compost is as simple as managing the moisture level and turning it with a pitchfork or similar every week or two to create air movement. A general rule of thumb for the moisture level is for your compost pile to resemble a sponge that has been wrung out. Keep up with your compost pile and in time you’ll have nutrient rich soil!

Stephen Woodall
REALTOR, GRI @ Long Realty Company
Stephen has made real estate his full-time career and passion since 2008, primarily specializing in the Foothills & the Northwest Tucson areas of Oro Valley and Marana. He is a multi-million dollar producer, representing both sellers & buyers. Stephen has tremendous experience in new home sales, listing & selling primary residences, listing & selling vacant land, listing & selling luxury homes, investment properties, rentals, and real estate development parcels.

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