Thursday, July 16, 2009

What is Composting?

A commenter on my What to Compost post last week mentioned that she never really understood what composting is.

I suppose that my Composting Cheat Sheet wouldn't be very helpful if you aren't familiar with composting!

Composting is the process of decomposing organic matter into a nutrient-rich soil that can be used as fertilizer.

A simple backyard composter is easy to create from a plastic trash can. Add your yard waste, kitchen scraps and shredded paper to the bin, then stir every few days. You can roll the trash can to stir it, or get in there with a pitchfork or shovel.

In 2-3 months (more or less depending on your compost and your environment), the resulting compost can be used as a fertilizer for your flowers, vegetable garden, or other plants. The compost is ready to use when it is dark and crumbly, and smells like rich soil.

Composting provides you with free fertilizer for your plants and also keeps your waste out of landfills.

It's not too late to get started with composting! Try it now, and have free fertilizer ready for your Fall plantings!

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2 comments:

Tara said...

Composting has been on my "list to do" for a while. Thanks for the tips!

ahorne said...

We've got a compost pile that needs a little TLC from hubby. :) I love the fact that I can reuse scraps from my kitchen so that every bit of our food is well-used!

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