Compost: Food for the Soil

 


Article by: Michael Russell

Whether the original source was grass , Gardening for Wildlife clippings, sawdust, animal manure, or vegetable , Need Landscape Design Help? This is The Time to Plan for Spring scraps from your kitchen, , Lawn Tractors - Buying the Right One all organic , Plastic Pond Liners matter eventually becomes compost. , Choosing a Pond Liner – EPDM liners are the optimal choice Whether you make your own compost , Need Landscape Design Help? This is The Time to Plan for Spring or buy it ready-made, you can add finished compost , Gardening - Keeping Containers Looking Good any time to the garden , Growing Tomatoes Organically or around plants. , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower

Why not just add raw organic , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower matter to your garden , Teak Adirondack Chairs instead of composting it? Be composting the materials first, the final product , Gardening - Keeping Containers Looking Good is uniform in color, , I Was Asked if I Had Any Stepping Stone Molds nutrients and texture; is odor free; and contains far fewer viable weed , Calla Lilies - Flowers for All Occasions seeds and potential disease , Flower Meanings organisms (depending on how it was composted). Your plants , Re-Potting Your Orchids will be happy with you for treating them so well.

As gardeners have become more aware of the value of compost, , Urban Water Lilies more sources of it have become available. You can buy compost , Put Your Lawn On a Diet from a number of sources either in bulk (back the truck right up) or bagged, depending on where you live.

Bagged compost , Stressed Out? Maybe You Need a Gazebo is obviously the easiest way to buy it, especially if you have a small yard , Compost: Food for the Soil or container garden. , National Home ing Club The downside, however, is that you don't really know the quality of the compost , Tulip Trees - The King of the Magnolias until you get it home. , Getting Rid of Garden Pests with Less Chemicals

For larger quantities of compost, , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without buy it in bulk. The price is less per quantity and you can check the quality of the compost , Need Landscape Design Help? This is The Time to Plan for Spring as well. Many private companies, municipalities and community groups make and see compost. , Introducting KOI-Cam! Often they will even deliver the compost , Outdoor Lighting Fixtures Increase Safety and Decrease Expense to your yard , Pruning Trees for a fee.

Here are a few tips , Gardening - Keeping Containers Looking Good to evaluate the quality of bulk compost. , Put Your Lawn On a Diet

Consider the source. Before buying the compost, , Beauty With Indigenous Species ask about the primary organic , How to Decorate your Outdoor Space without Breaking the Bank matter sources that were used to make it. Compost , Introducting KOI-Cam! made from yard , Lawn Tractors - Buying the Right One waste (leaves and grass , Landscape Problems - Things To Look Out For clippings) is usually considered the safest and best. Other compost , Choosing the Right Lawn Mower may contain ingredients that had contaminants, such as herbicides from agricultural crop residues and heavy metals , Compost: Food for the Soil from municipal wastes, which may affect the growth of your plants , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? or accumulate toxins in your soil. , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes

Look at the color , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden and texture. Finished compost , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without should look dark and have a crumbly texture without any large pieces of undecomposed organic , Put Your Lawn On a Diet matter, such as branched or pieces of wood. , Plastic Pond Liners

Squeeze it. If water , Home and Garden Decor oozes out when you squeeze a handful of the material, it's too wet.; if it blows away easily, it's too dry.

Give it a whiff. The smell should be earthy without a strong ammonia or sour smell.

Private and university laboratories can test compost , Hibiscus Care for organic , Unifying and Separating Landscaping Planting Beds matter content, maturity and impurities. An organic , Introducting KOI-Cam! matter content test indicates whether you're buying compost , I Was Asked if I Had Any Stepping Stone Molds or soil , Home and Garden Decor mixed with compost. , Growing Tomatoes Organically Good quality compost , Insect Spray Warnings and Healthy Alternatives should be made of at least 40 percent organic , Plastic Pond Liners matter. A compost , Landscape Problems - Things To Look Out For maturity test also tells the rate of decomposition of the compost. , Tulip Trees - The King of the Magnolias If the rate is high, the material may not be finished decomposing. The ideal compost , Tulip Trees - The King of the Magnolias is slightly warm and "approaching maturity". The laboratories can also test your garden , Beauty With Indigenous Species soil for organic , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs matter and make recommendations about how much more you need to add.
Michael Russell

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