Creating an Organic Garden With Compost at Home

By | 07.06.2004

Lately, more and more people are turning to organic gardening for many reasons. The most obvious reason is that everything used to create an organic garden is completely natural and safe for the environment. Another reason is that organic gardens have a simple tendency of being much more lush and, if it is a veggie garden, tastier than gardens made with synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides. You can buy organic seeds and soils at most garden centers these days, though the most important aspect to any organic garden is using compost. While it is possible to buy compost at garden centers, it is beneficial to know how it works and how to make compost yourself.

Just about any natural substances that are not meat and do not have bone structures are considered compost. Most households produce their own compost materials every day, such as grass clippings, weeds, leaves, rotten vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds, and so on. Farmers can also make use of manure so long as the animals are being fed non-medicated meals. In any case, compost items are gathered and piled together to begin the aging process required to have a nice rich organic compost.

It can take a very long time for your compost to be ready for use, sometimes up to a year or more. There are ways to speed up the process, such as layering the waste with sheets of newspaper or adding microbes that you can purchase at the local garden center. Regardless, it is important to remember to flip the pile every so often to keep it all even. Your compost bin is ready when it becomes entirely soil; dark, extremely rich, organic soil. Adding this to your garden will provide your plants with the best nutrients possible and improve their strength and health tremendously in comparison to not using compost at all.

You might need to do a little research to find out how to best use your compost with the type of garden you are growing. In many cases, certain insects can be bought and placed among your garden to protect it from pests. If you do not have the patience to make your own organic compost, you can purchase it from farmers or garden centers, however, ensure it is organic and expect to pay a fairly high price due to the length of time required to create rich organic compost naturally.


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