Secrets to Composting for Your Home Garden

If you are not familiar with organic gardening, you might not know about compost. It's organic substance that is used as a fertilizer, but it does a lot more than that when it is put into the soil. Your plants require minerals and nutrients, and compost gives them that, along with being a mulch and a soil conditioner. Another benefit of compost is that it can help the soil retain more water longer for the plants to grow.

There are many ways of composting, which you can use, and the least complicated appears to be the no-turn composting method. It is common for a pile of compost to be turned once a week to accelerate decomposition but with the no-turn method, it's not necessary. You simply need to include a lot of coarse materials to the garden compost pile. A thing that works is putting in straw, which allows the pile to be aerated by creating air pockets. The time it takes to using this technique is roughly the same as the conventional turn-over method. The compost will be at the base of the pile and you have to continue adding organic materials and coarse materials at the top.

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You can use the leaves that fall off during autumn to create your compost. Take your entire piles of leaves, and relocate them to a shaded place for making your compost pile. You need it to be in a place that will continue to be damp and moist. You also have to have the pile loosened, so that the air will pass throughout the pile. The compost is going to be ready for use in about four to six months. There are not enough nutrients or microorganisms in this compost created from the leaves to be able to be used as a fertilizer, but it will be good as a conditioner for the soil.

Good composting material include fruit and vegetable waste because they have plenty of nitrogen and carbon. Other table leftovers can be used too but they may bring in pests and animals. You could also include grass cuttings, shrub cuttings, pine needles, kelp, seaweed, eggshells and coffee grounds for your compost pile. Wood chips, sawdust, corn stalks, tea leaves, wood ash, cardboard, shredded paper likewise make effective material for your compost. It's always best to cover your compost to ensure that pests are not going to come and cause problems. If you add new materials, it is best to add some lime or calcium at the top of your compost. You will neutralize the smell of the pile any time you do this.

Composting is only as tough as you want for it to be. As you will use the waste from home, you will not be wasting anything and you can spend less money from having to buy good soil. Composting will help make gardening simple and make your plants healthy.