I grew up in an urban region, with a yard made up mostly of dirt. My mother usually had gardens growing, though, and the whole thing from green beans to strawberries to lilacs peppered the dull dirt yard with color. What often interested me about gardening as a kid, however, was not to be found everywhere in the lots of garden retreats of my childhood home, but at the edge of the woods at the back of my grandmother’s house. All summer, as we ate our grilled meals with watermelon and berries, things were selectively discarded separately from the other garbage.

These rinds and peels made their way out to that pile in the edge of the woods soon after dinner, adding to the compost heap that would eventually become the top soil for my grandmother’s flowers.

As the world becomes increasingly more care and interest about environmental matter such as waste removal and renewable resources, composting is not something that is just confined to suburban homes with woodsy backyards. Actually, a few experts predict that within ten years, composting will become as familiar a source of recycling as recycling aluminum cans or glass bottles. One cause that this does not seem impossible is the sheer simplicity of composting as a part of daily household routine. Using kitchen and yard waste to make compost that can be used to make a healthier lawn or garden around your home is a practical method to reuse waste from your home and also save money at the same time.

Basically, composting is a method of aiding the decomposition process of formerly living plants and organisms that will finally become part of the soil and put in nutrients to the other plants around them. There are a few basic necessities for your compost pile or bin. Like several living organism, your compost pile needs a lot of space for air and it also grow on water. Microbes that aid in the decomposition process also work quicker when the compost pile is hot, but any temperature above about fifty degrees Fahrenheit can sustain a compost pile.

There are two basic categories of compost. One is green, and the other brown. The greatest compost piles are a good balance of both green and brown. Green is things like grass clippings, fruit or vegetable leftovers, coffee grinds, and other kitchen waste. Brown compost is things like wood chips, sawdust, dry leaves, and things of that nature. Brown compost may need to be watered before being mixed in to the compost pile.

Grass clippings, kitchen waste, not destructive weeds, hay, wood chips, and other yard waste make great additions to any compost pile. There are things that you should not compost, like chemically treated wood products, weeds, or diseased plants, meat, bones, and human or pet waste. The greatest way to think of this process is as creating a healthy diet for the microbes that are creating this compost for you. If you meet their perfect conditions, you will get the best final product that will meet your gardening needs.


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