Organic Compost


Make Your Own Organic Compost

Organic Compost :
They say, better to do right by your plants than to let mother nature do what is best for them. Organic gardening is becoming popular because it is good for Mother Nature as well as your plants. She takes the best care of us and gives us the best produce. Instead of chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers promote earthworm movement into the soil which helps make the soil more fertile overall. Composting helps the land become more fertile too. You can make your own compost and help the environment at the same time. Read on to find out more about making your own compost.

Making your own compost is a bit different from the process we usually think of. It is similar to the process of having a compost pile, but much easier and much faster. Composting is the process of recycling organic material into a nutrient rich humus for your gardening needs. Instead of big piles of leaves and twigs, you instead get a nice pile of rich compost ready to use.

The first thing you’ll need is to choose a container to use. You can use wooden pallets, bricks, garbage cans, even cheese containers make sure they have holes drilled in the bottom. After you choose your container, you will need to place some screen at the bottom to keep out other annoying critters from invading your compost. For added security, you may want to put a heavy latchet or two in the bottom to prevent large amounts of debris from entering the pile.

The next step is to start building your pile. You will do this by stacking the material you have chosen in layers. Don’t put a lot of green material in the beginning just a layer of brown or waste. This will give your pile some time to heat up in the center to kill the bacteria and the bacteria will get the job done faster. Once the pile is ready, it’s time to add the “greens” to the pile. The green material can be the following: fruit and vegetable scraps and egg shells broccoli and cabbage scraps beets and beans weeds and curling leaves. You can also add a layer of straw or hay for added organic matter.

Now you have your pile ready to chunk and pulverize. Part your pile in the center with the grass clippings and other brown material going horizontal and the green material going vertical. Make sure you keep the pile moist but not too wet.

Shaping your pile is a process that takes a little practice. It is easier to add straight lines to your pile by using a shovel. However you can also shape a pile by adding layers to form a waterfall or stream. It is especially easy to do with knee joints to avoid the knees from heat buildup. You will definitely need a garden cart or wheelbarrow to move piles like this one.

If you like experimenting you canrus your pile by inserting sticks into the pile. When the moisture is gone you can remove the sticks. Depending on what you are testing the pile for, you may also have to change the ratio of green to brown material. Be sure you have mixed the materials well. Organic Compost

The secret to efficient composting is simply to work with your pile. You cannot hurry the process and you can’t be afraid of turning your pile either. In fact some feel that by turning the pile they move more the nutrients out and just pass the left over material to the right places. While that is proper for a pile, it doesn’t apply to composting cascades as the workload is dispersed over a long period of time.

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