Composting 101: Introduction
Compost is the best nutrient rich organic matter that you can add to your garden, especially if it is home grown! I love home grown compost because I KNOW what is going into my garden and therefore what is going into my family! I am not a strict organic gardener, but I do make a conscience effort to be chemical free in my gardening if at all possible, and backyard composting has made that much easier to do.
Compost is derived from organic matter (leaves, veggie scraps & so much more!) that has been broke down by soil microbes & critters into the basic elements needed for healthy plant growth. It helps the soil retain plant accessible water and yet it drains well. It functions as a great mulch, and can be made in your own backyard with no monetary investment if you want! I call that a wonder product!
This the start of a series I'm calling "Composting 101". I intend to cover compost basics like choosing a compost "bin/pile", what is compostable material, and compost pile maintenance. If you have any questions that you would like me to answer, please post or email me and I will do my best to answer them.
Happy Gardening! :)
All Posts in the Composting 101 Series:
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