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Topic: Home Composting in 10 Easy Steps
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Home Composting in 10 Easy Steps
on: April 12, 2013, 23:09

Get a refuse container or pail that you keep on the counter or under the sink.

Post the list of compost matter in plain view.

Get a compost bin from your municipality or nearby warehouse store, or better yet, make one yourself using wood (cedar), wire-mesh, bricks, etc.

Using a shovel, turn the soil in the selected area. A sunny, well-drained area is the ideal spot for a compost bin.

Cover the bottom of the composter with a 5 or 6 cm-layer of small, dry branches.

On this bed of branches, place a layer of dead leaves or earth. This will allow air circulation and improve drainage.

Layer 2 parts of carbon-rich matter (brown or dry matter) to 1 part of nitrogen-rich matter (green or wet mater).

Add finished compost, gardening soil or newspaper to keep flies out of the compost bin.

Aerate the compost pile using an aerator or a pitch fork once a week.

Check the degree of humidity. Add water to the compost until the degree of humidity is similar to that of a damp sponge. Remember that it is always easier to add water than to remove it!


The final product will be rich, dark mulch that has a discernable smell of humus. Use it in your vegetable garden, flower beds, hanging baskets, around perennials, and on the grass. And give back to nature what it has given you!


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