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Continuing with Compost Producing Secrets

by admin on 8 October, 2012

As we post more and more tips for the compost pile we’re far from running out of content. There’s much more to come. Approaches and techniques, plus choice of equipment, will take up more space as we proceed but in the early weeks we’ve been stressing the basics. Advanced composting installations are not to be ignored but we do need to remember that gardeners have been making compost for countless generations without the help of the clever mechanical gadgets that are so popular today. So, to our new tips:

  • A compost pile calls for regular turning and mixing to produce an evenly rotted heap of quality compost. Why not make your life somewhat easier by using a composting tumbler. It will mix the composting blend as it turns.
  • Some lawn care treatments should not be allowed to reach the compost heap. Make sure that you read the instructions for their use very carefully and don’t use clippings from the mower as composting material until it is safe to do so.
  • Are you systematic about your composting? Do you have a routine of shredding the prunings from your shrubs and adding them to the compost pile? What about the grass clippings from your mower? Is your kitchen waste collected in a kitchen compost pail? All of this, if done in an orderly and repetitive manner will give you a good supply of excellent compost.
  • It is possible to get very "scientific" about the ratio of different materials in a composting mixture, but it isn’t essential to be precise. If you try to ensure that there’s roughly a 50-50 mix of green and brown materials you’ll not be far out. Too much brown and the process will slow; too much green and it could become soggy, but don’t worry too much about precise formulae.

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