The fall is the perfect time of year to be thinking about the soil in your beds and around your home. Why fill your flowerbeds and vegetable gardens with soils full of chemicals? Why not make your own instead? Many gardeners are starting to move away from chemical fertilizers and are moving toward ecological choices, such as composting as a way to reduce waste and make the garden greener.
Composting is a natural way of recycling. The process decomposes and transforms organic material into nutrient rich soil. A perfectly good compost pile can be built out of nothing fancier than the leaves and grass clippings you are taking off of the lawn right now. Other ‘ingredients’ can include: fruit and vegetable scraps, yard trimmings, paper, wood and organic kitchen waste that are not protein based.
It usually takes six months to a year to get soil from the composting process. A good way to speed up this process is to regularly mix your compost to allow air into the pile. Here are three ingredients that always work well in your mix…
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