To maintain a healthy garden, it’s smart to have a well kept compost pile. A compost pile shouldn’t be too large or too small. If it is too large, it will be more difficult to mix it up. When your compost pile is too small, it will lose heat, which isn’t good for the development of the helpful organisms that are doing work in your pile. Your compost pile should be about 3 feet wide, 3 feet tall, and 3 feet long.

You can’t put just anything in your compost pile. Some things that your compost pile should include are things such as food waste, dirt, newspaper, and animal poop. You can put animal poop in your pile, but not any kind of meat or poop from anything that has eaten meat because you don’t want a stinky, rotting pile. Worms are also very good for composting because they will eat almost anything, which will help break down the contents in your compost pile. The worms also eat the bacteria, fungi, and algae that may invade your pile.

Here at Phoenix, we have a large compost pile that we have separated into 3 different sections. Each section is at a different stage in the composting process. The students have gone out to the pile and have mixed the pile and sorted some of the bad things out of it to keep it healthy and nice. Then when the compost pile is good and ready, you can disperse it into your garden and mix it with the soil. The compost will help keep your garden healthy and help it thrive.