Friday, February 1, 2013

Compost tips!

Compost pile

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer. It is one of nature’s best mulches and soil amendments. It helps to improve the soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity. It is widely use in organic farming because it is cheaper than the commercial fertilizers. Soil condition is more balance because of the existing organic matter within it which provides food for microorganisms.

Nowadays, waste disposal problem is getting critical. By having knowledge on how to make and use compost, we can lessen down the problem. Let us be part of the solution by doing composting while at the same time enriching the soil and improving the health of the plants in our property.

Below are tips for better composting. Sharing is caring!

Kitchen scraps such as egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels are highly in nitrogen. Nitrogen is good in speeding the composting process because it heats up the compost pile. So, instead of throwing away your kitchen scraps, better add them to the compost pile.

The bigger the compost pile, the better the heat builds up. However, the compost pile should not bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet.

Make sure the compost is aerated by mixing up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down effectively.

Don’t let the compost completely dry out and don’t keep the compost too wet. A compost pile needs moisture to keep the composting process active. Too much moisture however will only make the compost gets soggy and stink.

Last but not least, don't overload your compost pile. Too much of any one material will slow down the composting process. A balance mix of green and brown material is more preferable.


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