By Whitney*, Guest author (For guest post Read Terms ) During the year you can save money and improve your garden soil by learning how to ...
By Whitney*, Guest author (For guest post Read Terms)
During the year you can save money and improve your garden soil by learning how to compost. Many people mistakenly believe that composting consists of creating a mound of garbage in your back yard. Nothing could be further from the truth. A well designed pile of compost will not have any odour.
- The compost is also going to decompose in a matter of weeks.
This is one ‘green' activity that can help save the environment;
- Especially when you consider that consumers who send yard waste to the landfill are adding a lot of unnecessary (and reusable) debris to the total amount of refuse that these dumps accumulate each year.
You are also taking a stand and showing the world that you are serious about reducing the strain on the earth's soil and atmosphere.
Home composting keeps recyclable kitchen and yard waste out of the landfill and this practice also helps reduce the amount of methane and other greenhouse gases that are now being produced in landfills across the country. Instead of wasting these precious natural resources why not make composting a part of your normal home routine?
- Gardeners are the ones who should be embracing the idea of learning how to compost.
- This will help them recycle much of their kitchen garbage; improve the soil in their yards and gardens and save money by eliminating the purchase of those expensive, processed fertilizers and yard amendments.
When you compost those food scraps from the kitchen, leaves and grass clippings you are helping nature complete a natural life cycle.
- These organic products are now able to be decomposed through normal processes and transformed into a new product known as humus.
- Gardening enthusiasts might also call this natural soil amendment by the term ‘black gold'.
Just adding a small amount of humus to your yard and garden will do wonders to improve the drainage, fertility and aeration of the existing soil.
- Earthworms, good bacteria and a host of tiny insects will act as ‘free labor' and they will work hard to turn your compost pile into rich, natural fertilizer that you can use whenever you choose.
Composting can be done on a large scale with bins and barrels.
It can also be accomplished with just a small amount of waste products and a limited composting environment. You can compost fresh grass clippings, straw, sawdust, leaves, kitchen scraps, coffee grounds along with the filters and most paper products.
- Egg shells, rice, bread, pasta and peanut shells are some of the other easily compostable materials that you can include in any compost bucket or bin.
Do not use meat by-products or bones for composting purposes as these will attract predatory animals and these are substances that do not readily decompose in a short period of time.
- Dairy products, cooking oil, weeds that have tough root systems, plants with diseases and rhubarb leaves should not be used in your composting efforts.
- Papers with colorful ink should be recycled instead of being added to your compost bin.
How to compost at home is as easy as 1-2-3.
Just find a container that you can keep in your kitchen for food scraps. This container should not leak and it will need a tightly fitting lid. This collection container may be kept under your kitchen sink, on the back porch, or on a kitchen counter.
- Create a larger compost bin in your yard or purchase one of the composting barrels that you can find at any home improvement or gardening supply store.
- Add some small branches, some soil and some dry leaves to the bottom of the composting bin.
- Empty the kitchen container into the bin on a regular basis.
- Add fresh grass clippings or pine straw to the large compost bin.
- Water the contents of the outdoor compost bins, so that it is constantly damp.
- Use a pitchfork to turn the compost material once or twice each week.
- Remember to maintain a ratio of 1 part ‘green or living' compost material (kitchen scraps, grass clippings, etc.) to 2 parts ‘brown' compost material (dry leaves, soil, pine straw).
- Keeping some soil or damp newspapers on top of the compost pile will discourage nosy flies from hovering over the composting bin.
About the author: Whitney is an expert in making soil compost using compost supplies, he is also the owner of own of the largest distributors of compost bins, compost buckets, and other composting accessories in the United States.