Making a composting area is not difficult, and there are literally thousands of plans available online for making home composters yourself, such as this one . Plans can be as simple as using four recycled wooden pallets to contain materials, to more elaborate, multi-bin systems which allow compost to be moved from one production area to another. Not interested in building your own composter? Not to worry! There are many different commercially produced composters available, especially for home gardeners.
The dark, rich soil created during the composting process is especially rich in nutrients, without the need for added chemical fertilizers. Many gardeners find that regular applications of compost to their gardens keeps them exceptionally productive, with the need to add little else. Other people choose to spread their finished compost over their lawns each year, giving the grass a late season nutrient boost without resorting to chemicals.
When making compost, it's important to try not to add any materials that may contain leftover chemicals such as herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or insecticides, to your bins. These chemicals often do not break down easily, and can remain in your finished compost, only to be unknowingly applied to your gardens in the spring. Also, if you have multiple unknown contaminants in your composting materials, these can sometimes combine to make very dangerous mix that can actually pose more problems than benefits for your plants. Use caution when acquiring materials to compost, and try not to bring lawn clippings or garden waste home from community recycle areas, where many people bring materials that may contain many different kinds of additives. The best advice is to use only materials from your home or from someone who you know uses no chemicals on their lawns or gardens.
Composting is a fantastic way to make the most out of the scraps left behind in everyday life! Learn more at HowtoCompost.org and start your composting today.
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