• Composting: 5 Simple Solutions

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    Home composting is a way for you to speed up the natural process of decomposition and return organic materials to the soil. Yard trimmings and food scraps make up nearly 1/6 of what the average household throws into the garbage. Why throw this stuff away when it can be put to good use in your yard and garden? By composting, you can convert organic wastes — yard trimmings, leaves and many kinds of kitchen scraps — into a dark, crumbly mixture that can be used to improve the soil and reduce your use of fertilizer and water.

    When I began gardening, my grandfather pulled me aside and passed on some very wise advice. He said, “You have to grow your soil in order to grow your plants.” Since that time, I have made an effort to save my compostable materials to use in my garden.

    With composting, you are utilizing aerobic and anaerobic decomposition processes to break down the compostable material and invite beneficial organisms to assist in the process. The end result is a full-spectrum soil conditioner that has many benefits.

    • Compost contains macro and micronutrients often absent in synthetic fertilizers.
    • Compost releases nutrients slowly—over months or years, unlike synthetic fertilizers
    • Compost enriched soil retains fertilizers better. Less fertilizer runs off to pollute waterways.
    • Compost buffers the soil, neutralizing both acid & alkaline soils, bringing pH levels to the optimum range for nutrient availability to plants.

    Brown – Carbon Rich Materials

    • Livestock manure (horse, cow, sheep, chicken)
    • Lawn clippings and dried leaves, pine needles
    • Sawdust
    • Shredded …

    Compost is no guarantee that your vegetables (and flowers!) will inspire theft, or at least jealousy, in your neighborhood But compost rich in organic materials is the fastest ticket to healthy, productive plants that reward your hard work with beautiful blooms and bountiful harvests. And you take control of the compost you spread when you make it yourself: no sprayed grass clippings, no sewage waste (see What’s In Commercial Compost). You can guarantee the quality of your home-made product. We hope we've encouraged you get started, if you haven’t already. Compost is your best garden investment.

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