7 Required Components of a Compost Pile

7 Required Components of a Compost Pile

Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost
Compost, made from decomposed grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and branches, becomes a dark, crumbly mixture of organic matter. Learn how composting works. Even a newbie to composting can make good quality compost. It can be compared to cooking as art or part science. The following 7 factors will help you master the art of composting. Components of a Compost Pile After a time anything that was once alive will naturally decompose. But, not all organic items should be composted for the garden. To prepare compost, organic material, microorganisms, air, water, and a small amount of nitrogen are needed. These items are safe to compost at home: * grass clippings * trimmings from hedges * vegetable scraps * leaves * potting soil that has grown old * twigs * coffee filters…
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Easy Steps to Composting

Easy Steps to Composting

Soil & Compost
It is becoming more and more obvious these days that we need to recycle as much as we can, and anyone with a garden has a head start and can make a great contribution. To many novice gardeners, this subject can be somewhat difficult to grasp; but in fact it is really straightforward - there are just a few very simple rules: You need a compost bin, and the type you decide on rather depends on the size of your garden, but there are a couple of options: A purpose built plastic bin purchased from a garden centre, not too expensive; and you just fill up from the top and a few months later, you can take compost from a small hatch at the base. Alternatively, if you can wield…
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Greenhouse Gardening Montana Style

Greenhouse Gardening Montana Style

Community, Greenhouse Gardening
These are some of the elements that must be considered in order to really get the maximum potential out of your greenhouse or sunroom: the type of greenhouse you want whether it be a cold house, portable greenhouse, hobby greenhouse a greenhouse kit or a large or a mini greenhouse, the greenhouse construction and it's foundation type, which greenhouse equipment you will need, which type of greenhouse covering or glazing is best suited to you, and the type of watering, humidity control, heating and air circulation systems that are best suited to your sunroom or greenhouse gardening needs. First Decide Whether you Want to have Cold House or a Heated Greenhouse. A cold house is the simplest of greenhouses, it is not equipped with any artificial means of heat and…
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Organic Gardening…The Better Way to Grow

Organic Gardening…The Better Way to Grow

Organic Gardening
Organic vegetable gardening, the benefits to you and your family are huge. Would you rather eat fresh lush vegetables without the fear of insecticides and chemicals? Would you like to feed your family a natural food, full of antioxidants and vitamins? Organic vegetable gardening is your one and only answer. Have you ever seen soil after years of applications of chemical fertilizers? Icky. The color is just like the soil, bleached, colorless, lifeless. Have you seen organic soil? Organically managed soil is rich in beneficial organisms, richly composted to a rich dark color. Which soil would you rather grow vegetables, any of your plants in? Are you becoming aware or very aware of the need to preserve, to protect our environment? Organic vegetable gardening, organic gardening in any form is…
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Enrich Soil Naturally – How To Make Compost

Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost, Sustainable Living
Anyone who prefers to buy their vegetables and flowers from the local grocery store will have a difficult time understanding the gardener's delight digging into a smelly pile of compost, or having a truck load of manure dumped in their yard. Really, who in their right mind, would pay to have a substance excreted by animals brought to their home? A gardener. One who knows that good manure and compost can be the difference between a lush garden and a sparse, struggling one. And lets not forget the aroma, a gardener will describe the smell of compost or manure, as "sweet", or "rich", the average person, with no interest in gardening, is more likely to use the word "disgusting". An experienced gardener knows that compost and manure are the life-blood…
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