How long will it take?

Austin American-Statesman - - GARDENING -

Jensen calls her­self a “lazy com­poster” who likes to let na­ture run its course.

If you just put your or­ganic ma­te­ri­als into a pile and let it de­com­pose on its own, it takes about a year to pro­duce com­post.

She rec­om­mends start­ing in au­tumn, when the leaves are fall­ing. “If you start in the spring­time, you’re go­ing to have a much more dif­fi­cult time find­ing your car­bons.”

For faster com­post­ing, Jensen said peo­ple should use a unit that ro­tates. One such unit has three sep­a­rate bins. The de­com­pos­ing ma­te­rial is turned from bin to bin, as it de­com­poses.

If you use blood meal or corn gluten to speed up the process and turn the com­post bin ev­ery day, you can have com­post in about six weeks, Tukey said.

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