Organic gardening soil needs compost to survive. Compost is the soil’s food. Many people have the elements they need to make organic compost ready to go out in their trash. Don’t throw it away! You can save money by making your own compost from organic garden waste.

The decomposition of organic compost creates humus which acts as glue for your soil. The sticky residue of decomposed organic material helps soil hold more moisture and stay together. You can use compost as a fertilizer for your garden or lawn.

Just about any organic scraps can be used as compost. Chances are you’ve thrown something in the trash just today that would be perfectly suitable for organic compost. Coffee grounds, egg shells and fruit and vegetable scraps as common items used in organic compost. You can also use leaves from trees, weeds, and wood scraps.

The main things to avoid using in an organic gardening compost are ash, pet or human waste, and leftover cooked food. It is important to use a good combination of ingredients with nitrogen and carbon in your compost. Some ingredients high in nitrogen include plant residue like grass clippings and skins or waste byproducts of fruit and vegetables. Typical compost ingredients high in carbon are fall leaves, straw, or cardboard.

Your compost pile should contain far more carbon than nitrogen. It is recommended to maintain a 25:1 or 30:1 ratio of carbon items relative to the amount of nitrogen items. Keep holes in the your compost pile container to allow for air flow. Soon, bacteria will take over and begin decomposing the ingredients in your organic compost. A staple for making your own compost is grass clippings (which have a 20:1 carbon:nitrogen ratio) mixed in with some dry fall leaves (which have a 55:1 ratio).