Composting

Composting

Composting is a practical way to recycle grass clippings, leaves, yard waste, vegetable trimmings and other organic materials.  The resulting medium is very valuable.  Composting can easily be your contribution to helping our environment! 

Advantages to Composting:

  1. The compost will be rich in nutrients to fertilize vegetable gardens, lawns and flower beds.  Plants will grow quicker and be stronger.
  2. Removal of yard waste will soon be the homeowner’s responsibility because landfills will no longer accept the waste.  Composts offer a way to discard and recycle your organic waste.
  3. Soil that has compost added will have better      aeration, drainage and workability.

To Compost you will need:

  1. Organic      Matter:  leaves, grass clippings, plants,      vegetable trimmings, weeds, manure.       The ratio of organic matter to nitrogenous matter (animal manure)      is five to one.  If you have an      overabundance of leaves, add ground limestone to neutralize the acidity of      the pile.  (Do NOT use these food      wastes:  oil, lard, fat, grease,      margarine, butter, milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, salad dressing,      peanut butter, mayonnaise, fish, chicken, meat or bones.)
  2. Bacteria      and fungi live in soil and      vegetable matter and promote the composting process.
  3. Nitrogen      is found in fertilizers like      10-10-10, 5-10-5, blood meal, cottonseed or soybean meal.
  4. Water is necessary but in the right amount.  The compost should be as wet as a      squeezed-out sponge.  Air needs to      get inside so don’t waterlog your pile.
  5. Oxygen is needed for the bacteria to live and      multiply.  The pile must be turned      weekly for good aeration and distribution of heat.  If the odor of your compost pile becomes      intolerable, your pile needs more oxygen.
  6. Lime will help the decomposition.
  7. Pile      or Bin:  A compost pile can be an open pile but a bin is      usually preferred because it looks neater.       A compost bin can be made out of logs, poles, wooden pallets,      cinder blocks, snow fence or chicken wire.       You will need to allow for air flow and an opening to turn and      remove the compost.
  8. Compost      Starter from Zergott’s Garden Center, will help you!
Posted on August 6, 2013 .