Composting Cheat Sheet

Raised garden beds in backyard

The Lewises are now a composting household, and I couldn’t be more excited #nerdalert. I don’t know why I was so intimidated to start, but I have done all the research my mind can handle and finally pulled the trigger. We witnessed the power of compost a few weeks back when we bought mushroom compost from the garden center as we were finishing up the raised beds. I watched half of my basil grow like wildfire compared to the other half moping around in plain old potting soil about to go to seed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Speaking of, don’t be too harsh on my garden in the photo, we were a little late to the game this year. I am trying to revive a couple of the tomato plants. Wish me luck though, tomatoes, compost and all, because I will need it. In the meantime, below is a lovely downloadable composting cheat sheet I created that I now share with you. By the way, are you a composting guru or have tips? Let me know, I need all the help I can get!

Edit: I updated the PDF. Should be 1 part nitrogen to 5-8 parts carbon. 

Edit 2: Well, now I’m seeing lots of varying C:N ratio anywhere from 20-40:1. I guess it depends on the contents of your compost. So, as usual, do your research because the correct answer is “it depends”.


Composting Cheat Sheet

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