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Composting is taking what would usually be called trash (food scraps, coffee grounds, vegetable trimmings, egg shells, etc.) and turning it into nutrient-filled food for your garden.
It is a wonderful way to be eco-friendly by reducing the amount of waste you produce and lessening the amount water needed for your plants.
Here are detailed instructions on how to compost:
The website I have provided lists 163 things you can compost. Compost improves any, and all, soil types; provides the basic nutrients of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium; extends the life of landfills; and protects soil against wind and rain erosion.
Composting is nature’s recycling system. Compost happens wherever debris accumulates, whether it’s brought there by wind, water, or people. Wherever organic matter accumulates, weather, organisms, and time crack it into finer and finer pieces, until the constituent elements can be taken up by plants again and the process started anew.
Gardeners know how to manipulate and accelerate this process by adjusting the mixture of materials that go into the compost pile, how finely they’re chopped, how moist they are, and how much air they receive.
A good working compost pile heats up in the center, with temperatures reaching 140-160 F (60-70 C). The hot core temperature kills weed seeds within 12-24 hours. Because of this heat, material in the middle of the pile breaks down first, but the hotter the pile, the more quickly it uses up oxygen. Turning or aerating the pile restores oxygen levels, and mixes the inner and outer layers, resulting in a more complete breakdown of materials and a finer compost that’s free of viable weed seeds.
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