PHILADELPHIA — Composting, nature’s recycling process, converts old scraps and “natural trash” into a nutrient rich treat for your garden. In addition to providing a nutrient boost to soil, compost helps combat plant disease.
Compost needs a good mixture of “green stuff” and “brown stuff.”Green stuff is high in nitrogen and is the heating agent for your compost and gets the mixture cooking. The brown stuff, which is high in carbon, helps the compost break down. Dead plants, fall leaves, and dead weeds all serve well for compost.
An alternative way to collect materials for your compost is to look at everyday life and what you throw away. Materials that are organic and are not animal-based can be tossed in with the dead plants and leaves to provide additional nutrients. Consider using the following:
– Egg shells
– Coffee grounds
– Food scraps
– Tea bags (be sure to remove the staple)
– Stale bread or crackers
– Paper bags
– Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls.
Getting your compost pile started is easier than you may think. You can place your compost ready materials in a container or you can start a mound in a specific area of your garden. Applying a compost starter product, like Ringer Compost Plus Organic Compost Starter, will kick-start your composting process. This product supplies additional nutrient resources that start the compost process more quickly and efficiently.
After applying your starter product, be sure to water your materials so they are about as wet as a damp sponge. To maintain your compost, regularly apply materials to it as you have them available. Aerate your compost pile every 7-10 days by raking through it with a pitchfork or spade. When it is time to plant and begin your garden you can add the composted
materials to your soil for a healthier garden and harvest. You will find your plants are more resilient and hearty with the use of compost, too!
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