Compost is organic matter that has been discarded and decomposed and used again as soil conditioner or fertilizer. It is commonly used in organic farming. Compost can consist of animal, vegetable or human waste. The raw materials then turn into a nutrient rich substance for organic sustainability. Composting does not have to be complicated. Formulas and techniques are not necessary when growing your garden. When making a quality compost, start simple and follow basic guidelines.
The Benefits of Composting
Compost adds nutrients and micronutrients to the soil and increases growth in plants and vegetables. The nutrients are released at a specific rate, which is different for every plant, depending on the temperature and available moisture.
Earthworms and insects are naturally drawn to composting. These are nature’s soil builder and they help increase plant growth and revitalize soil. PH levels are also balanced and it makes plants more resilient to withstand other ph levels.
One tip for achieving maximum composting results is to have your compost consist of one part animal matter, such as manure, and two parts vegetable matter. The materials you’ve chosen must be biodegradable and contain nutrients that are available and usable to microorganisms. Examples of acceptable organic vegetable matter include pond algae, wood ashes, coffee grinds, feathers, organic kitchen garbage, dry dog food -- which activates nitrogen --, eggshells, flowers, grass clippings, leaves, weeds, and kelp.
Activating the Compost
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