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Composting – Complete Details

There is an alternative — composting. It’s a good idea whose time has come again. Now more than ever it makes sense to compost all of your family’s food waste, plus paper and any other organic carbon-based waste you can. By composting your household trash, you are not only reducing strain on already overtaxed landfills, but you are also providing yourself with a source of fertilizer for your garden. With your own compost on-site, you no longer have to go to the store to get fertilizer.

If you are not a gardener, you can still make your own compost — you can give it away to family or friends who are gardeners. you can sell it or you can practice random acts of kindness by spreading it on select neighborhood parkways or secluded park corners.

Making quality compost is not difficult. You just need a place to put your compostable matter be it a separate corner of your yard that you designate as your compost heap, or one of the many commercially available compost bins. Compost heaps must be turned and aerated every couple of weeks, and you should follow manufacturer directions for working with a compost bin.

Be forewarned: different compost bins can handle different materials, and most composting systems cannot handle meat, bone or excrement. There are two big problems with composting meat 1) It takes longer to break down than most vegetable matter and 2) Meat attracts scavengers like raccoons an opossum that can spread your compost all over the neighborhood. Compost tumblers are a way to solve both these issues by making it easy to frequently aerate your compost and by being more secure against roaming critters.

Another alternative appropriate for meat and other food waste, the “Green Cone” system, is secure and includes packet of composting enzyme that accelerates the composting process. The Green Cone does not, however, produce compost to be redistributed elsewhere. Instead, it breaks down the contents and lets the nutrients seep into the surrounding earth for a radius of about fifteen feet. suitable placement for a Green Cone would probably be the middle of a vegetable garden. The Green Cone is also capable of handling small amounts of animal excrement.

If you are interested recycling more significant amounts of manure, I would suggest you look up the “Humanure Handbook”. It’s about composting human excrement to reduce stress on sewage treatment plants and the special challenges associated with the process. Pet waste will usually go to a landfill, so following the principles in the handbook to handle pet waste would relieve even more stress on landfills.

Composting excrement is not for everyone, but it is worth considering.

How does composting help save the world? Remember that the less rubbish needs to be taken away in garbage trucks, the less gasoline they use and the less material is sent to the landfill. This is all good.

What can you compost? Vegetable and fruit peels, apple cores, small rodent and rabbit bedding, coffee grounds, tea bags, shredded paper, newspaper and cardboard, and egg shells all work. To make good compost, you generally need a mix of 3:1 paper/cardboard to vegetable waste.

Many localities now sell compost bins and some will even subsidize the cost for homeowners — people need only ask at their local township or village offices.

If your municipality does not offer compost bins, there are many how-to sites on the Internet with details on how to build your own compost bin. All you typically need is some wood, chicken wire, and a 4×4 foot carpet remnant to cover your compost pile and retain heat.

If building your own compost bin is too much work, you can buy one, whether standalone or tumbler, from your local home and garden shop or on the Internet.

Put your waste in, rotate as necessary to aerate, and in 6 to 18 months waste that was destined for the landfill will have been changed into one of the most valuable resources for rejuvenating the earth: rich black compost. Composting is the answer to a lot of problems This and other unique content ” articles are available with free reprint rights.

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After Planting Garden Care

Just planting a sapling is not enough. Once it is planted adequate planting care also should be taken to ensure the plant grows healthy and well. It is essential to take care of saplings to ensure healthy growth, especially when they are just planted. Their care is in your hands and so are the solutions to all your gardening problems.

Water regularly:

Plants need to be watered at regular intervals. Necessary planting care will result in better plant growth. Roots tend to become dry thus retarding the growth of the plant. The saplings can even die if they are not watered regularly. Once planted, the next thing is to water it daily for the first few weeks. Spraying them over-head in the evenings is the best thing. Sunset is a good time always to water plants as the soil is more or less more cooled down at this time. If plants are watered in the morning, the soil tends to get hotter as noon advances and thus the whole exercise goes in vain.

A particular pattern needs to be followed for watering plants. Always plant a new sapling in the evening time and spray it with water gently. It is better to keep it in a shady spot during the first few weeks till the roots get stronger. Spraying water on it in the afternoon may damage the sapling. A good idea would be to cover the plant with a polythene tent in the initial week, to ensure that moisture is retained in the soil even if it is the dry season.

Provide essential nutrients to the soil:

Garden compost, manure, peat etc. are some of the nutrients required by the plant. An excellent and easily available form of manure is animal dung, which is easily available in the countryside. During the initial growth, young shrubs and trees are always tender and are very delicate at the stems. Initially the stems need support or they tend to break.

A long piece of wood can be inserted near the plant to create this support. To maintain stability for some time, tie a twine to hold the plant against the piece of wood for a few weeks, till the trunk attains steady growth. A tender plant will not be able to withstand strong winds. A kind of a screen can also be erected to block or break the strong force of wind.

Did you like the article on sowing grass seed??, Phil Caxton publishes articles for lawnmania.com. More articles on trees watering methods and raised bed garden soil at http://www.lawnmania.com/essential-after-planting-care/ .