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Further Useful Composting Ideas

by admin on 4 October, 2012

We’re still continuing our run of quick tips and methods to support your yard composting activities. At present most focus on the actual process of producing compost and concerns about the mix of components but progressively we’ll be moving onto tips to assist with the selection of methods and equipment.

  • An open compost pile is best in a fairly sheltered position. If it is prone to being saturated by rain then it will be beneficial to have a cover available that can be put in place during serious downpours. Make sure you take the cover away afterwards to give easy access for air.
  • If you’re a gardener with a shortage of greenery and an imbalance of brown material try sprinkling it with ammonium sulphate as sold for fertiliser. Then spray the pile with water and the nitrogen made available should play the same role as would nitrogen from grass clippings if you had any.
  • We should not imagine that garden compost serves as a total replacement for fertiliser. Yes, it contains valuable nutrients, feeding back some of what was taken out be a previous generation of plant growth. It is as much, and sometimes more, valued for its soil conditioning effect, especially on sandy soils which are largely inorganic and benefit from the addition the compost’s organic carbon-based content.
  • If you’ve kept your leaves from last Fall and you have a surplus of grass cuttings (so much that your main compost pile would be almost all grass with not enough brown material) try starting a separate pile in which you mix chopped up leaves with the grass. This should rot down to give a good compost.

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