You might be thinking to yourself that composting is hard, you don't have enough space, or just don't know where to begin. Let me tell you that composting is one of the easiest and most beneficial things I've done for my garden, the environment, and my wallet.
Composting is a natural method of breaking down organic materials and turning it back into earth. It helps reduce the amount of trash in landfills, promotes growth in your garden, and saves you money since it eliminates the need for pesticides, potting mixes, and extra water.
When you get home, use an electric drill or a hammer and nail to puncture several holes across the sides and lid of the trash can. An adequate number of holes will ensure proper air circulation for your compost pile.
This was convenient for me because it reduced the number of trips I made to my compost pile. You could also transport items to your compost pile daily but this will require more frequent trips and you might not end up composting quite as much as you would otherwise because of the added worse.
If you want something that's not such an eyesore, you could try a countertop composter. Don't worry, these have a built-in filter so they don't smell. I now have this one.
To build your compost pile, you'll need to begin with carbon and nitrogen sources (browns and greens). Carbon sources are things like dead leaves, branches, and twigs. They're all brown and dry.
While nitrogen sources are things like fruit and veggies scraps, coffee grounds, and grass clippings. These are all items that grow and/or are wet.
Here's another way to use used coffee grounds.
Mixing your pile on a regular basis should not leave a smell or attract insects. Make sure to water your compost pile when you turn it over so that it stays moist but not wet.
If you notice ants or other bugs in your compost, you'll know your pile is too dry. In the summer, your pile is likely to lose moisture as you should keep it in the direct sunlight if possible. Compost decomposes faster when temperatures are higher.
The actual time will depend on your location, weather, and quantity of materials added to your pile. One way to ensure you always have usable compost maturing is when you notice your pile turning into a potting soil consistency (or after a few months), you'll want to start working on your second compost bin.
You can tell your compost is ready to use when it's dark, crumbly, and looks just like potting soil. Happy gardening!