I always wanted to know how to easily and not-too-disgustingly make compost. Dr. Weil explains on his site today, excerpted below.
Creating a Compost in Four Simple Steps
Good soil is the basis of any healthy garden, and can easily be achieved by making compost. Follow these guidelines for starting a simple compost, and let your garden reap the benefits:
- In a sheltered spot in your backyard, simply layer kitchen vegetable waste in a pile with garden clippings. Or, create the compost in a metal or plastic garbage can - remove the bottom of the can and puncture holes in the sides, and raise the can off the ground (for ventilation).
- Keep your compost moist, and turn the pile occasionally. In six to eight months, you'll have beautiful, black, organic compost to add to the garden.
- Use only vegetable scraps and garden clippings (no meat scraps) to keep the compost odor-free and pest-free.
- Make sure you're composting regularly so you'll always have plenty of material to nourish the soil in your garden and promote moisture retention.