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More Compost Secrets

by admin on 5 October, 2012

Is making compost to strengthen your soil one of the key responsibilities in your yard? More and more people are coming to see the importance of returning goodness to the earth by composting. In this series of brief posts we propose ideas that we hope will help make your compost pile more productive.

  • A composting tumbler might make your life easier. Tip in your chopped up or shredded shrub clippings and grass from the lawn mower and turn it to stir them up together . Periodically, maybe when adding some kitchen scraps, give it a few turns to remix, and soon you’ll have some great compost.
  • A lot of the scraps from your kitchen could be going to feed the plants in your garden instead of going into the garbage. Potato peelings, bits of carrot, leaves of cabbage, eggshells and teabags come immediately to mind, although it is important to keep waste meat and fats separate. If you don’t already do it, why not start to recycle your kitchen waste to make nutrient rich compost?
  • Garden compost contains nutrients, and helps to feed your plants. In this respect it is different from leaf mold. However, it does not contain necessary nourishing elements to the same extent as a fertilizer. Although it provides some nutrients its principal value is as a soil conditioner. On sandy soils especially, which are substantially inorganic, it is a valuable source of organic material and will help moisture retention.
  • Most garden supply centers sell composting activators but if you have an adequate supply of green material you shouldn’t need these. The proportions of green and brown don’t have to be rigidly fixed but in general if somewhere between a quarter and a half of the mix is green you should find that it composts well.

Those are my own tips for today, but there’s more below.

In the past few days I came across a useful article about the widespread opinion that garden composting attracts vermin such as rats.

“Some people worry that having a compost bin could attract rats. However, this is not the case. There are many reasons why rats may be already in the vicinity of your garden. For example if you live near water, farm land/open countryside or derelict buildings … A rat is only likely to seek out a compost bin in the garden if incorrect waste items have been composted, making the bin a source of food as well as a shelter.”
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There’s a lot more useful information in that article.

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