Friday, May 13, 2016
Summer is coming and that means all green homeowners will be thinking about starting their composting piles!
Composting is the best way to dispose of yard waste and much of your household waste that usually ends up in the trash and eventually a landfill
Did you know that depending on the state, a typical U.S. household will produce yard waste up to 300 pounds of green trimmings and brush, 200 pounds of leaves, and 1,000 pounds of grass clippings...every year...every household?
Most of that can not only be eliminated but turned into a valuable, money-saving product right in your own back yard.
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Composting, nature's own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food waste.
Composting can be practiced in most backyards in a homemade or manufactured composting bin (some cities do require enclosed bins). If you really want to start simple you can just find a shady corner of your yard and start piling.
Eventually you're going to want a bin. Homemade bins can be constructed out of scrap wood, chicken wire, snow fencing or even old garbage cans (with holes punched in the sides and bottom).
Ideally you will want your bin to be about four-to five-feet square and no more than three feet deep, in a shaded area, and someplace where it is convenient to get to with your composting materials and water. You can even dig out a shallow, 6-inch pit to get started.
Since compost mulch is so rich in nutrients, gardeners consider it 'black gold' for their lawns and gardens. You can use it like you would any sort of fertilizer or potting soil. It improves the fertility of your soil, making plants healthier, and you can even rake it right back into your lawn.