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Organic composting makes your garden look good. It’s natural, green, organic and good for the planet.

Updated on February 3, 2011

If you’re the type who’d like to do their share to save the environment and make their garden look great, then you should consider the process of organic composting for your garden on your own using the organic waste material you can find from your kitchen’s garbage bin, leaves and yard trimmings along with some plain old dirt.

The process of organic composting is basically controlling the natural decay of the organic matter by facilitating and creating conducive conditions for worms, bacteria and fungi that turn all this garbage into compost which is favorite food for the growing plants.

The tiny little microscopic bacteria in the compost break down kitchen’s organic garbage, garden and landscape trimmings and create what’s favorite for the plants, and thus create the process of organic composting.

Scientifically speaking organic composting is a process that involves four elements for it to be carried out.

  • Nitrogen,
  • Carbon,
  • Air,
  • water

Air and water are abundant and plenty, Carbon can be obtained from the brown organic stuff, i.e. dried leaves.

While green stuff like the grass trimmings and organic kitchen garbage such as vegetables and fruit peels provides the Nitrogen.

Add the brown and green stuff together and add water to it, let it sit in plenty of sun and allow the organic composting critters do their job. You’ll end up with dark crumbly decomposed matter.

The algae and bacteria need 1 part of nitrogen for every 30 parts of carbon to break down the organic material. The N:C ratio is very important because if the nitrogen is any less than 30:1 then the decomposition would be slow. Same is the case with the high carbon ration.

Think of this ratio when you’re mixing the green and the brown stuff together. These tiny critters are most happy and active with the correct 30:1, N: C ratio. For example adding too much sawdust would slow the decaying and decomposing process. The effect will be the same if there was too much greens, like fresh peels, cuts, flowers or fresh cut grass. Avoid adding organic foods that are fatty, like, meat, bones, cheese and salad dressing.


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