How to make Homemade Compost for Organic Cannabis Gardening
Okay, you've made it this far so you must be ready to grow your own organic cannabis. Follow the directions below for getting your compost going...keep in mind it's gonna take about 4 months minimum to get your compost to a finished state, so the time to start is now.
- Gather up all the brown, dried leaves you can find around your house.
- Begin collecting all of your uncooked kitchen scraps, EXCEPT for meat and dairy which you won't use in your compost. Also, don't use any animal poop.
- Toss these scraps in your tumbler when the container gets full.
- After tossing your scraps, make sure to add some of those old brown leaves into the tumbler too.
- Turn your tumbler every week or so.
- Fill an old milk carton with water and let it sit out for 24 hours.
That's all there is to it. If your compost begins to smell funky, add more brown leaves or twigs. If you don't notice it breaking down within a couple weeks, add more kitchen scraps. There's a particular balance of brown leaves-to-scraps that's needed but it's honestly not practical to measure everything each time you add to your compost. You're going to need a few months on average for all this stuff to break down into black compost. This is why you want a two-chamber tumbler...once one side gets full you stop adding to it so it will breakdown completely, otherwise you're always going to have fresh scraps in there decomposing and your compost will never reach a finished state.
Once your compost is broken down it'll just look like clumpy black soil. You'll probably notice some eggshells or maybe an avocado pit or two, but there shouldn't be any bad smell and nothing resembling actual fruit or vegetables. I usually put on some dishwashing gloves and fish around in my finished compost, breaking up any clumps and pulling out any fruit pits or twigs that haven't yet decomposed. Once you've reached this point, congratulations! The next step will be using this compost to mix your own organic soil for growing cannabis.