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Making Use Of Compost

Aug 17, 2007
Compost is a mixture of decaying organic matter used to improve soil structure, and provide nutrients.

Examples of compost are a mixture of leaves, twigs, branches, grass clippings, yard waste and manure. Anything that was once alive will naturally crumble and will become easy to use for composting.

Composting is a great way to trim down wastes, get wet garbage out of the can and make use out of it, have a free product for your garden and nurture the earth.

A compost pile consists of a large number of microorganisms. These microorganisms process the mixtures and produce compost. To make sure your compost is full of nutrients, there should be two vital parts involved. Nitrogen-rich materials and carbon-rich materials help you produce composts instantly.

There are a variety of materials that could be used for your compost mixture. Coffee filters, coffee grounds and teabags will not be wasted and thrown into the garbage. Leaves, plant branches, grass trimmings, vegetable and fruit scraps would be placed to use in the mixture of your compost.

Dead animals, pet manure and diseased plants are materials that cannot be placed into your mixture because it may cause infection. Bread grains, meat and fish parts, dairy and oily products would not decompose by itself in any way you try.

Composts could be used for maintenance of plants, gardens and lawns, but it is not an alternate for fertilizers. Compost maintains nutrients in the ground which plants make use of; it loosens clay soils and preserves water in sandy soils. There are several uses for compost. These are the following:

1. Composts could be used for soil improvement. Because composts contain nutrients, it serves as sustenance for the plants. By mixing compost into your garden once a year, it would enhance the growth of your plants.

2. Composts could be used as a potting mixture. By transferring the plants into a container, these may serve as supplement to the soil.

3. Composts could be used as mulch. Mulch mixed with compost could help with water maintenance in the soil and could lead to prevention of slugs and snails. Mulch also preserve soil heat and keeps it from escaping, which would eventually look after root systems.

4. Composts could be used as decoration. In gardening and anything relating to soil, these mixtures could serve as a top dressing over your lawn.

There are a number of easy ways to produce composts.

First is the open air composting. To keep the mixture of piles organized and out of reach from animals and children, place the compost mixture in bins and water it occasionally to produce moisture.

The mixture would decompose by itself and the only thing you would do is harvest it once or twice a year, depending on the decomposing process.

For an area where decomposing odor is restricted, closed air composting is right for you. Closed bins which are made of wood, metal or old fences could be used.

Simply place the mixture inside the bin and check to see if the water and mixture is equally distributed. Add more water if the mixture dries out. Add dry mixture if the compost becomes damp. Harvesting of compost may be once or twice a year.

The most effortless method in recycling organic mixtures at home is grass cycling. By leaving all the leaves and cut grass on the lawn, it would decompose by itself in time.

Start to make use of garbage. Make your own home-made composts while preserving the earth.
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