Compost Brings Life to the Soil

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

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

Build a Compost Pile in Your Backyard:

  1. Compost can be made in a 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 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 or shred materials first for faster decay.
  4. Mix three times as much brown material with green matter. Add this mixture to your compost pile or layer the organic material, alternating brown with green.
  5. Water 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. You can speed up the process by turning the pile once a week.

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