It is the dream of every farmer to harvest as much produce as possible. One of the things that facilitate good harvest is planting seeds on fertile soils. So how do you get fertile soil? One of the most common ways of increasing soil fertility by using a compost pile.

A compost pile is a collection of organic matter that is decomposed via a process known as a composting. It is the resultant mixture found after decomposition that increases soil fertility. It may sound like a straightforward thing, but it’s not. Various things determine the success of your compost pile. One of these determining factors is the items you put in the pile. A lot of people do not know what they are supposed to put in the pile.

Let us now make it clear for everyone. Here are things you can put in a compost pile.

  • Grass

Grass is one of the most common material one can see in many compost piles. This is because it is easily available in almost every part of the world. When adding grass, you need to know a thing or two about the process. One important thing you need to know is that a compost heap needs both green and brown matter. Therefore you can cut grass in your lawn and separate the grass in two parts. Leave one part out in the sun to dry, and the other you put in a room.

After some time, the one in the sun will have dried up and turned to a brownish colour. This is what we call brown matter. Thereafter you can mix both the green and brown grass together and then add to the compost pile.

  • Kitchen Refuse

There are many times where people are left with kitchen refuse/waste after cooking. Some of the most common kitchen refuse are coffee grounds and avocado skins. When left with such items, many people think about dumping them into the garbage bin. You do not have to throw them away. You can simply create a compost pile.

When using kitchen refuse, you should know that small pieces decompose very fast. Therefore, cut down the pieces of food into the smallest pieces possible. The end result of using kitchen refuse in a compost pile is getting nutrient-rich soil. This, in turn, helps in increasing porosity and holding moisture in the soil.

  • Tree Leaves

Tree leaves are great materials for adding to your compost heap. They come with numerous benefits. One, it helps in raising the fertility of the soil once laid on the ground. Let us not forget that leaves in a compost pile help in repelling weeds. This then fosters the sustainable growth and development of plants. It also creates a living blanket over your plants. If you want to reap any of these benefits, you need to adhere to the guidelines.

One of the things you need to do is allow the leaves in the compost to be properly aerated. In essence, you need to ensure that the pile gets proper access to air. This ensures that the microbes in a pile are able to decompose the pile correctly.

When using leaves in a pile, you need to ensure that it is warm. Temperatures of about 60 degrees are okay. You should also make sure that it is wet. But this does not mean it should get soggy. Furthermore, ensure that the bin is about three square feet. With this, you can easily turn the pile occasionally. Turning the pile ensures that all the materials mix properly.

  • Saw Dust

Sawdust may sound like an unusual item to add to your heap, but it actually a great component. This is because it serves vital purposes that not many other items may do. One of these functions is that it adds carbon to the pile. Sawdust is also important in balancing the pile’s nitrogen levels. One thing you need to know about using sawdust in a compost pile is the adding ratio. You need to add sawdust in a 4:1 ratio of brown to green materials.


When making a compost pile, you can start by adding grass cuttings. Sawdust is also a great addition to a pile. We also cannot skip past tree leaves and kitchen refuse. Make sure you adhere to all the rules associated with adding each of these items. This will ensure you get the best results.

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