Category Archives for Composting for Beginners

Brown Composting Materials (Everything you Need to Know)

Finding a good source of brown (carbon rich) material for your compost bin can be tricky at times. Below I’m going to help you identify the best brown composting materials that are commonly available. As a composter you should have some knowledge about the organic brown ingredients needed for your compost bin. Having a good understanding […]

Continue reading

Compost pH – The Role of pH Levels in Composting

As a keen gardener you probably already understand the importance of knowing the pH of your soil. But what about the pH of your compost? How does the pH of compost affect the plants you grow? After all, if the pH of your soil is too high or too low, it can literally kill your plants! […]

Continue reading

How to Shred Cardboard for Compost

Cardboard is an excellent substitute for carbon rich, brown matter when you can’t find dry plant material. Using shredded card in compost is a well known solution. But handling large amounts of packaging and boxes can be tricky. I sometimes find myself facing a huge heap of cardboard boxes that need cutting and shredding in […]

Continue reading

Adding Worms to Compost: Should I put Worms in my Compost Bin?

You may have heard that worms are useful little critters to have in your compost. They can play an important part by helping to decompose waste products. But do you need to add more worms to compost to achieve good composting? When I first started composting this question got me curious… Do I need to put […]

Continue reading

Composting Pine Needles – A Beginners Guide

I have a huge pine tree in my backyard. It’s a very majestic thing and I love it. But when I got interested in composting, I naturally began to wonder whether I could compost all the pine needles scattered under the tree. After all, not all plants can grow under conifer trees, so it made […]

Continue reading