The best way to grow plants is in natural compost. Many gardeners choose to make their own compost since it's cheap and can be a very easy process. Composting is up to the individual. A gardener may decide to create an elaborate compost or a more simple recipe. Thus, the process of composting of is simply up to you.
To begin, garden composts typically consist of kitchen food waste and matter from the Earth. For example, usual compost materials are everyday items such as coffee grounds, eggshells, teabags, fruit and vegetable scraps and paper towels, bags and cardboard boxes -- believe it or not. From the earth, a gardener can collect these composting materials: fall leaves, grass cuttings, old straw, old hay, tree clippings and weeds.
Make sure not to use any meats, oils, fats or animal waste. Also, do not to use diseased or pesticide/herbicide-ridden plants or weeds that are in seed. Many gardeners now abstain from using animal materials such as manure from cows and horses. This is due to fear of disease i.e. mad cow disease.
Stick with the natural, meatless materials listed above and add soil. The soil should be finely textured, allowing the compost to become more porous. In other words, the soil will remain moist and become less likely to erode. Soils with clay or clay-loam structures are the best for a compost.
Moisture is important to your compost because you want it to be damp and control the compost's smell. At the same time, you don't want it to be too wet because then the compost will decrease in temperature. If the compost isn't moist enough, the ingredients will not decompose. In the next section, we will discuss how to obtain the correct balance of moisture.