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Compost.....It's Not A Pile Of S@$%

Updated on September 22, 2013

Composting Made Easy

When choosing where to place your compost pile, do give it some thought. The compost pile should not be to far from home so that carrying the waste becomes a huge task, but should not be to close so that it feels like it's in your home. In reality, your compost pile should be near your garden. It is also necessary to consider compost pile aeration. Air circulation is important in composting, so you do not place your compost pile in a place where the air is blocked. In addition, as a general practice it should not be placed near any wooden structures, including his house. This is because the materials begin to rot and decompose, they can spoil affecting the wood.

A partly shaded location is ideal for a compost pile, as it will ensure that the pile is not too hot. Still, it should not be in complete shade, since some heat is necessary for the composting process.

Check the path of the water you are going to put in the compost as well. The compost needs to be moist but not too wet, because it can cause a  smelly, slimy mess. You don't want it sitting in a huge puddle after a rain storm.

Finally, you can also choose to place your compost pile near a convenient water supply in case you need to add water from time to time, especially in summer when rainfall is not abundant and the pile is likely to have dried.

Although many people want to develop a structure around the compost pile, it is certainly not essential for composting. You basically can have a compost pile located at some distance from your home and if you feel you have problems with animals coming into your compost pile, try to surround with a fence.

There are several ways to create compost. There are certainly many different types of composters available today that you can buy. Perhaps the most simple and fastest of all is to simply create a compost pile. Building a compost pile is an approach which is generally best if you have a lots space. It is not suited for urban dwellers.

If you maintain the compost by habitually performing these issues you can’t help but succeed in produce the fertilizer that’s perfect for your garden.

What Goes in a Compost Pile

So the location has been selected. What are the ingredients for good compost?

Grass clippings, but mix them with dry materials first, like wet straw, weeds or leaves,clippings may be too soggy by their own means.

Seaweed: a great source of trace elements

Garden waste: chopped to help  the decomposing process.

Weeds: (treat in the same way as lawn clippings), but they should be young weeds that have not formed seeds. Seeds can grow in your compost.

Straw: should be damp and ideally already partly rotted

Newspaper, cardboard: torn up and dampened, avoid materials with colored ink


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