Making Your Own Organic Compost: An Infographic Guide

Here is an infographic that teaches the basics of organic composting.

Full Composting Infographic

Main Components of Composting

There are four primary components required for composting.

Organic matter: micro-organisms break down organic matter to compost. Successful composting requires an optimal balance between green (carbon) and brown (nitrogen) materials. This balance is referred to as the Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio.

Moisture: the ideal moisture level should be around 50-60%. Composting won’t work if the pile is too dry or too wet.

Oxygen: composting won’t work without the circulation of oxygen. Some composting bins provide a turning option, which allows the oxygen to circulate in the compost pile.

Micro-organisms: the bacteria will break down the organic matter once conditions are ideal. Some gardeners may introduce worms to speed up the composting process.

Composting Materials

Common composting ingredients include: dead plants, food scraps, grass clippings, newspaper, egg shells, and coffee grounds.

The materials used will affect the duration of the composting process. Some people may shred the items into smaller pieces to expedite the process.

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Last Modified on February 4, 2018 -