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Organic Compost - The Easy Way

Apr 15, 2008
One of the best ways to ensure a bountiful harvest from your garden is to use plenty of organic compost. You can be sure that you're using a safe way of growing your garden. The recycling of organic waste is one of the best things a gardener can do.

At the core of good compost is lots of carbon. This can be found in the brown waste from your yard such as straw, dead leaves, dried flowers and shredded newspaper. It's important not to forget these essential materials as some folks do, they're the beginning of your heap.

Next up your compost will need some nitrogen. One of the easiest places to find this is in your kitchen waste. Anything green should be used, like fruit and vegetable peelings or green leftovers... never use any meat! You can also use any green garden waste, such as lawn clippings and green plant clippings.

Then you need to top it off with some soil from your garden. It's very important to remember to add some natural soil to your compost heap to get it started.

Let's see, you've now got a layer of brown material, on top of that you've thrown some green waste and covered it with some garden soil. What you need now is another layer of nitrogen rich brown waste. Before you go any further you need to moisten your organic compost with a splash of water. It's critical that you keep your pile damp, but just as important to not allow it to get soggy!

You continue adding layers in that order until you've got a pile about 3 feet square. As a rough guide you want to have about three parts brown waste to one part green waste. Keep adding more material to your pile as it becomes available until it's about 3 feet tall.

You will need to turn your compost with a garden fork to aid the decomposition. As you turn, you want to move the stuff from the center to the outside and the outer material to the middle. You should do this every couple of weeks at least.

As you're turning your pile, if the moisture level is correct, you'll see steam rising from your compost. This shows that decomposition is occurring and that you're using the right amount of water. The decomposing action ceases if you allow your compost heap to dry out.

The worms in your garden will find your compost in a short time and aid in the process, but if you feel impatient and want to speed up the decomposition, you can always buy some common earthworms to put in your pile. The best place to find them is at your nearest fishing bait store.

There are many good reasons for keeping a tidy garden, so you should think about building or buying a bin for your compost. You can now purchase bins that you rotate by turning a handle, this can speed up the process of turning over your compost.

Your compost is fully decomposed when it has a sweet earthy smell and looks almost black, its now ready to be used. Start by mixing it into your garden soil to add nutrients and keep doing this until you've covered your entire garden, then keep building up your soil over the years. It also makes excellent potting mix for your indoor plants, you don't need to add anything extra.
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