I grew up in a urban area, with a yard made up mostly of dirt. My mother
always had gardens growing, though, and everything from green beans
to strawberries to lilacs peppered the dull dirt yard with color. What
always intrigued me about gardening as a child, however, was not to
be found anywhere in the many garden retreats of my childhood home,
but at the edge of the woods behind my grandmother’s house. Every 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 aware and concerned about environmental
issues such as waste disposal and renewable resources, composting is
not something that is just confined to suburban homes with woodsy backyards.
In fact, some experts predict that within ten years, composting will
become as common a source of recycling as recycling aluminum cans or
glass bottles. One reason that this does not seem unfeasible is the
sheer simplicity of composting as a part of daily household routine.
Using kitchen and yard waste to create compost that can be used to create
a healthier lawn or garden around your home is a practical way to reuse
waste from your home and also save money at the same time.
Essentially, composting is a way of aiding the decomposition process
of formerly living plants and organisms that will eventually become
part of the soil and add nutrients to the other plants around them.
There are some basic necessities for your compost pile or bin. Like
any living organism, your compost pile needs ample space for air and
it also thrives 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 best 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 pernicious 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
best 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
ideal conditions, you will get a great final product that will meet
your gardening needs.
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