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Composting News

by admin on 1 September, 2012

Trawling around the gardening blogs today I came across the following three items covering different aspects of the subject  The first includes an appeal to keep it simple.  I guess, having years ago trained as a research chemist, I along with many others tend at times to make things sound chemically complex and maybe that can confuse people. The fact is that the chemical processes in composting are complex, but we don’t need to understand them in any great depth to make good rich conditioner for our garden soil. Anyway, here goes with the first extract:

Like all recycling, composting is good for the environment because it keeps material out of the landfill. Because you keep the useful product of your recycling efforts, you also reduce your need to buy fertilizer.  Many people are intimidated by the information that they find on compost methods such as “lasagne” (layered) composting and ‘vermiculture’ (worm bins). Such scientific methods of composting are ideal, but it needn’t be as complicated as that ….
More at Home & Garden Special Section: Composting keeps waste out of the landfill – Blaine Northern Light

Next I found a useful article advising newcomers to composting (and I guess some who’ve been doing it for some years) on what to compost and what NOT to compost. Here are just the first three items in the list:

You SHOULD NOT compost:
– Dairy products. They cause odor problems and can attract pests.
– Yard trimmings treated with pesticides. Chemicals might kill beneficial composting organisms.
– Coal or charcoal ash. Either could contain substances that are harmful to plants….
More at Composting 101: What You Should and Shouldn't Compost – (blog)

And finally, a reminder that the autumnal months are coming here in the northern hemisphere. September has just started. Gardens will need clearing of old growth before long, many shrubs will need cutting back, and the leaves will be falling. Just the time for organising, or reorganising, our composting arrangements.

One of the final gifts a productive garden can give us is raw materials to compost for use in the next year's garden. As we move into autumn, many of us will be cleaning up the garden, pruning and getting rid of leaves. Why not put these materials in your compost bin?…
More at Compost brings added success to garden soil –

That’s it for this time. is still very new. This is the first newsy post I’ve put up here, and I plan from time to time to add more from around the blogosphere, in addition to a continuing stream of pieces containing practical composting tips. Do follow the links for more information. (Incidentally, I have no connection with any of these sites apart from having today found these articles that I thought might interest readers here).

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