Compost Tips for the Home Gardener

Compost Tips for the Happy Gardener

Compost is, in my opinion, the better alternative to using purchased fertilizers in your garden. Those of you who are tentative within your home gardens, wishing to seek out the best way to optimize plant or soil condition will want to know what compost is and how it can be utilized. Organic gardening is on the rise and it is a great method of doing something for your environment and teaching future generations how to protect our planet. Composting is regarded as being organic and is a great introduction to going green. Anyone with a growing garden can find the space to accommodate a compost heap and doing so will provide you with a year round resource to mulch and improve soil. Compost is a real team player that will amend the composition and aeration of soil. Your plants will be thankful for the better fertilized earth, enabling their roots to flourish. Your soil will be thankful for the increase in micro-organisms that subdue levels of phosphorous and potassium.

Composting goes on all around us - the break down of organic substances is often referred to as decaying or decomposition. For example, during Autumn you could take a walk through a local wood and what you will see is millions of leaves that have fallen from the trees. Those leaves, with the help of organisms such as insects and fungi, will be decomposed and the goodness that is left will be recycled back into surrounding soil. The soil becomes more fertile with the addition of composting and will provide nutrients to go back into the roots of nearby plants and trees.

So if you are considering using compost and setting up your own compost heap, there are a few things you should know that will increase the productivity of organisms such as worms or fungi to turn your household waste into a extraordinary material to better your soil.

Generally speaking, the type of organisms you want to attract are quite the opposite to those that thrive in damp places such as in sewers. These organisms are known as anaerobic and can survive with very little or no air circulation. The smell that they give off is horrendous and will not make composting a favored activity at all! Take care then, to provide suitable living arrangements for the other organisms - aerobic bacteria. As the name might suggest, this bacteria does require a substantial amount of air to carry out their work. They also prefer to get some light and warmth as opposed to cold and dark habitats.

Attracting the right bacteria is essential. Regularly turning the compost heap to allow for air circulation throughout will provide the ideal conditions for aerobic bacteria and motivate them to do the job at hand! Be careful with the levels of water on the heap as too much will cause them to drown. This is another good reason to keep turning the heap so that sunlight can dry out the compost sufficiently.

When you have a reasonable pile you might see signs of heat in the form of steam - don't fret, this is a good sign that these organisms are at work! Once the pile begins to cool down, it is a good notion for you to apply the compost to your garden and start to rebuild the heap to allow for the process to begin all over again - happy composting!

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