Home Composting Made Easy

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Composting is essential for maintaining your garden. But did you know that you can easily make your own compost? Presenting home composting made easy: these tips and tools will give you the perfect compost. These tips are brought to you by �Mother Earth News�, a website dedicated to green living.

Traditional composting is simple, you just have to balance out the carbons and nitrogen supplies inside the compost. We call them greens and yellows; greens supply the water and nitrogen while yellows supply the carbon.

There are two things that could go wrong with your compost. First it might smell bad and second it does nothing. To remedy the smell, you need to add carbons / yellows. Yellows are anything that�s dry, such as dry leaves, cornstalks, grain hulls/ chaff, straw, timothy hay, sugarcane fiber, and even shredded newspaper. To remedy the second problem, you need to add more moisture/ greens.

You put the ingredients in the bin over time, but every week or so, you need to use an aerator or a stick and poke holes into the compost in order to introduce oxygen. This encourages the growth of aerobic bacteria, which decompose faster and also without a bad smell. If you just leave the compost and allow it to sit and compresses or you leave it really wet, you will get a lot of anaerobic bacteria which decomposes at a slower rate and also smells bad. It is important to note that compost is not supposed to smell bad, but rather it is supposed to smell like dirt.

There is also vermicomposting. You need to either buy a worm bin or make a bin that encourages worm survival, and then purchase a starter pack of worms, usually of the red wiggler variety. They come by the pound. Finally set them in the bin and feed it compost. There are some things to take note, such as what you feed the worms. In the end, you end up with a super rich and concentrated compost, and I advise you to dilute it with a growing medium (dirt) so as to not burn the plants you�re fertilizing.

Manure compositing is another method, and it is straightforward once you get hands on appropriate manure. One thing to be careful is to not compost dog manure, because they are pathogenic to human beings, and should not be used to grow food. Horse manure is a safe choice.

For more information on the do�s and do not�s of different kinds of composting, visit �Mother Earth News� website link below.

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