Common Composting Mistakes To Avoid + Tips - Home & Texture
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Here's How To Avoid Common Soil Composting Mistakes and Achieve Garden Success

May 9, 2023 at 7:36 PM PST

When it comes to gardening, making your own compost is a common skill budding green thumbs strive to do. Making your compost is environmentally friendly and leaves a low-carbon footprint. Additionally, plants, fruits, and vegetables seem to love compost better than commercially bought soil from retailers. However, there are some common soil composting mistakes homeowners tend to make at the beginning of their gardening journey.

Before you get to making your compost, make sure you aren’t making these common mistakes.

Common Soil Composting Mistakes

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Not Getting A Double-Chamber Bin

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to composting is putting everything in one bin. To have the best organic matter in your garden, you have to keep the new waste separated from the old waste. Once you get a bin with separate chambers, you can allow your batches to mature properly.

Adding The Wrong Materials

You may be tempted to add old food scraps to your waste pile, but don’t. Food scraps such as meat and greasy foods can cause more harm than good. Those discarded materials tend to attract rodents, which can be a breeding ground for diseases. You also want to avoid using grass from previously cut laws as well. Cut grass clippings tend to have fertilizers and other chemicals that could affect your future plant food.

Overwatering or Not Watering Enough

Believe it or not, you can overwater your waste. You can also not give your waste enough water, which is just as bad. You don’t want to submerge your waste, but you also want to make sure it has moisture. You can test your waste by touching it. If it feels nice and warm and has an earth-like smell and feel, then your waste is well moisturized. If your waste is soggy, then you have watered it too much. To remedy a soggy waste, add shredded paper or fallen leaves to help dry it out.

These tips will help you achieve the best home organic matter you can create without having to waste any earthy materials. Just remember, learning to compost is a great form of recycling and your garden will truly love it.



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