Information On Composting

Information on composting-a wonderful natural way to garden without chemicals.

While you may not think you have space or need for a compost pile, it's a great resource for any green thumb. Providing nutrient-rich mulch after a few seasons, it's a great way to deal with the green waste of your landscape without filling up the landfill. Some cities offer green waste recycling with curbside pickup, but don't be so sure you want them to get the fruits of your earth.

If you do it right, a compost pile will provide a place for debris that is magically transformed into excellent mulch, or soil.

For a good location, it should be out of sight and out of smell. Meaning""you don't want your decomposing pile to be located where a gentle breeze through your backyard is going to make you gag. The smell of green waste and yard debris breaking down is not pleasant.

While you want your compost pile out of nose's range, it shouldn't be too far off in relation to the rest of your property. After all, you are going to be hauling leaves, grass and other debris to it.

You should also remember that, believe it or not, a compost dump can be a fire hazard. Materials breaking down can get extremely hot in the chemical process. Anyone who's picked up an old pile of grass clippings knows. Just be sure your pile isn't going to touch any structures. Other than that, anywhere out of site, tucked in a corner or behind trees is great. It doesn't matter whether it's shaded, sunny, protected, etc. Nature will do its thing anywhere as long as it's outside.

To build a compost bin, you have a number of choices:concrete blocks, wood, even cyclone fence. You don't have to have any actual boarding. A compost pile can be just that""a pile of debris in your yard.

The next question is what is that pile made of? While some ingredients make for a productive compost pile, others can turn it into a pain in the butt. The best policy is to only compost stuff that's soft. This boils down to grass clippings, leaves and flowers and perennials. However, some perennials grow too stalky and rigid to be good compost. If it breaks like a stick, it shouldn't go into the compost.

Obviously, larger pieces of woody material are a no-no. Save that stuff for the fireplace, campfire or the local dump.

While you can continue to pile grass and leaves onto a pile, it should get a turn and a stir every few weeks or so. Keep mixing the ingredients as they break down. This will help reduce the size of your pile and when you go to take the transformed mulch, it will be evenly decomposed.

Compost needs about a year before it's really mulch. Your product will be rich in nutrients and makes great planting soil for pots, flower beds and especially gardens.

Take the old and put in the new and you'll have an environmentally effective composting system. You might even discover that you're compost is the best around and your fellow green thumbs will be coming to you for the good stuff.

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