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Small Green Vegtable in HandsComposting: A Beginner’s Guide

Compost is like gold for your home garden. It helps you put nutrients back into the soil instead of trash and produces beautiful, healthy plants.

There is little wonder that it is known as nature’s recycling method.

Why Do Gardens Need Compost?

Compost is food for your garden.

Just as good food keeps humans and animals healthy and encourages growth, compost can do the same for plants.

It improves the soil’s structure, encourages ideal moisture levels, ensures correct pH levels, and discourages disease in plants.

Compost provides all the essentials your garden needs, so trying to grow anything without it seems pointless.

Recycle Your Organic Waste

The human race produces a lot of waste, and much of it is in landfills.

Recycling is a great way to reduce garbage, but plastic and cardboard are not the only things that can be reused.

Organic materials, such as kitchen scraps, also contribute to this problem. If you have a garden at home or would like to create one, turning your household waste into compost is both financially smart and economically responsible.

Buying compost is quick and easy, but it is costlier and does not help reduce waste.

How Composting Works

During the composting process, microorganisms in the soil break down organic waste (such as your kitchen scraps) and convert it into simpler elements.

Humus is left behind, the natural parts of the soil. It is high in fiber and carbon. Heat is created during the process, speeding up decomposition.

By creating a place for this, you are merely making it easy for your wasted scraps to decompose naturally, so they can be collected and fed to your hungry garden.

What Can Go Into A Compost Pile: A Quick Guide

compost ingredientsAny organic material, meaning that it was once alive, can be composted.

However – dairy, meat, and cooked foods should not be used.

Do research before adding anything you are unsure about, or risk ruining a perfectly good compost heap.

Use various materials, including roughly equal amounts of browns and greens. Soft greens, such as weeds and lawn cuttings, will decompose quickly, so use them when starting a pile.

Try to avoid adding too much of this type of material after the initial stages.

More mature and harder plant matter will decompose more slowly. This makes it the ‘backbone’ of any compost heap.

Woody matter, such as twigs, sticks, and fallen bits from trees or plants, is ideal. Be sure to cut or shred them before use, or they will not decompose well.

How To Get Started Composting

By simply making a pile of appropriate items, decomposition will occur without further effort. This method might take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the outcome will be very good for a garden.

By adding some loving attention, the results can be improved dramatically.

Keeping everything in a container, known as a compost bin, is neater and easier to manage.

Compost bins can be purchased from various stores or simply made using a large container. There is no reason to spend much, if any, money unless you wish to save yourself some time and effort.

* Begin by laying down several inches of dry brown matter, such as dead leaves or straw.

* Several inches of green matter are now added on top of the first layer.

* Some good-quality soil is now added on top.

* Add another layer of brown matter.

* Add some moisture to your pile but do not go overboard. Moisten it – don’t soak the heap.
Maintaining Your Compost
Continue adding a layer of green and then a layer of brown, while periodically adding some soil, until you have built up around 3 feet of compost material. It does not matter if there is too little organic material to complete the heap simultaneously. Keep adding layers until your compost is high enough.

Maintaining A Home Compost

A compost area for the backyard.This is where a shovel or garden fork will become very useful.

The compost must be turned every two weeks to encourage balance.

Move the stuff from the middle to the outer area of the heap while moving the stuff from the outside to the middle. Steam might rise from the pile, which is normal since composting creates heat.

It is a good sign that your waste material is decomposing and your efforts are successful.

Earthworms should appear after several turns of the pile, and the middle material the middle should be dark and crumble easily.

While there will be a strong smell, it should not be overly unpleasant.

When this is all that is left behind – you now have something valuable that you can use to help your garden grow.


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