Simplified look at composting – what is this
The idea behind this article is to give a simplified look at composting. There’s a lot of materials out there about composting and compost. The last thing you need is to explains the technical side of the process and the scientific way behind the importance of using composts.
Compost is an organic material that is added to the soil which acts more than just being a fertilizer. It is a mulch, a soil conditioner, and rather that will help the soil give the best nutrients and minerals your plants need. With compost, the soil will be able to hold more water, which is also helpful to your plants.
What is behind the composting approaches?
There are several composting approaches which you can use. The composting method seems to be the easiest. You don’t need to turn the pile of compost at least once every week to accelerate the process of decomposition. All you need to do is add a lot of rough materials to your compost.
Adding a lot of hay would do just fine. What the hay does is to create air pockets and allow the pile to be ventilated. You can expect your compost to be developed at the same rate as when you employ the traditional composting method. Make sure to get your compost from the bottom of the pile. Just add new organic materials on the top keeping in mind adding rough materials as well.
Don’t worry if your available composting materials in your yard are piles of leaves. It is easy to creating composts from leaves alone. You may need a couple of things, and some very simple techniques. Select a spot where you will make your compost pile. For the leaves, the spot should be ideal in a well shaded area which will help keep the pile damp or moist. The pile should not be packed tightly. Keep it loose to allow the air to circulate.
How does composting materials decomposed
In about four or six months, the compost from leaves should be broken down and ready to be applied to the soil. The compost however, created from the leaves does not contain enough nutrients and microorganism. The finished compost is great as a soil conditioner.
You will need materials rich in carbon and nitrogen – fruits and vegetable leftovers. However leftover bones will not be good as this will attract a number of pests and animals. Eggshells, grass or shrub clippings, pine needles, seaweed and kelp, coffee grounds, wood ash, tea leaves, cardboard and shredded paper, corn stalks, wood chips, sawdust can also be included.
It would be best to cover the pile and add lime or calcium over the top to avoid the fruit flies invading the compost pile. The lime and calcium not only neutralize the odors from your pile but also help protects from the invading flies and insects.
I hope you were able to have a simplified look at composting and got some useful and simple tips from the article.