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How Compost Brings Life to the Soil

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How compost brings life to the soil

Compost does more for your soil than you can imagine. Compost brings life to the soil. It increases nutrient content, keeps plants healthier and helps soil retain moisture so you use less water. 

Finished compost smells like a walk through the forest. It is full of good bacteria and ready to place in the garden bed as mulch or soil amendment.  

How to Build a Compost Pile in Your Backyard:

  1. Collect. Compost can be made in a compost bin, wire enclosure or an unused area of the backyard. Collect green matter such as fresh grass clippings, vegetable and fruit peels, and cores, tea leaves, coffee grounds and weeds without seeds.
  2. Gather. Collect brown material such as shredded dried leaves, dead plants and flowers, shredded paper and other dried garden debris. Don’t place diseased materials in the pile. This can spread disease in your garden.
  3. Chop. Shred or chop materials first for faster decay.
  4. Mix. Add a mixture of three times as much brown material with green matter to your compost pile or layer the organic material, alternating brown with green.
  5. Water. Add water to compost materials to start the process. If you live in a dry climate, you will need to water the pile more often. Don’t keep it too wet or it will breed bad bacteria and smell. If this happens, let it dry out.
  6. Turn. You can speed up the process by turning the pile once a week.



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