Want to know how to create compost the easy way?
Many people ask us about composting. It’s something most of us want to do, but many people find it all too confusing.
Here at Tayst Coffee, we build an explanation of compost, the ingredients and how to use it in your own garden
Composting is also a good way to recycle leaves and other yard waste. Instead of paying a company to haul away leaves, you can compost the leaves and return the nutrients to your garden. Instead of buying peat moss, save money, and make your own compost!
You can throw your whole Tayst pod in your home compost, however, the ring may take much longer to breakdown as these are meant to a breakdown in an industrial facility. For home composting we recommend separating the coffee mesh from the ring before adding to your compost or sifting out the rings once the coffee grounds and mesh have decomposed
How to Compost at Home?
Find a level area. Look for a spot away from children’s play areas. Then decide how large of an area you’ll need, based on the size of your yard and how much material you’ll compost. A good starting size may be 3 by 5 feet, with some room available for expansion if needed.
TIP – use any size or shape compost bin to suit your garden. Many styles are available at your local stores.
- Directly in-garden
- Near the house if possible for quick access
- In a full sun - compost heats up from the organisms, but full sunshine helps keep it warm, especially during cooler months
- On the soil - connect the contents to the earth
- Access to water
- Easy access for collecting compost when ready
What to do now?
Leave the compost bin to rest for a few days. Then remove the lid and there should be moisture on the inside of the lid. This is a good indication that the mix is damp enough and starting to heat up.
You can now add your kitchen scraps, garden clippings or other green nitrogen ingredients.
Always top with a layer of mulch and water.
TIP - You could add a watering can of diluted worm juice, comfrey tea, seaweed solution or other liquid fertilizer to help the decomposing process.
Place the lid back on after adding ingredients.
Continue to add ingredients until the bin is completely full, generally two weeks, then let the bin rest while starting another bin in a different location, e.g. another garden bed. You may need to loosen the mix with a fork to add air if the mix is too damp.
How long does it take?
The amount of time needed to produce compost depends on several factors, including the size of the compost pile, the types of materials, the surface area of the materials, and the number of times the pile is turned.
For most efficient composting, use a pile that is between 3 feet cubed and 5 feet cubed (27-125 cu. ft.). This allows the center of the pile to heat up sufficiently to break down materials.
Smaller piles can be made but will take longer to produce finished compost. Larger piles can be made by increasing the length of the pile but limiting the height and the depth to 5 feet tall by 5 feet deep; however, large piles are limited by a person’s ability to turn the materials. You may also want to have two piles, one for finished compost ready to use in the garden, and the other for unfinished compost.
Using compost in the yard
Incorporate compost into your garden as you prepare the soil in the spring. Cover the area with 3-4 inches of soil and till it into at least the upper 6 inches of soil. Add compost to the soil in vegetable gardens, annual flower beds, and around new perennials as they are planted.
You may also use compost as mulch around flower beds, vegetable gardens, or around trees or shrubs in landscape beds. Apply a 3-inch layer. Be careful not to apply mulch close to the main stem or trunk of the plant.
We encourage you to visit https://web.extension.illinois.edu/compost/process.cfm to learn more about home composting: