Organic Gardening Compost

Posted on 06 May 2009

As we all know that many people are adopting organic gardening rather going for the traditional forms of gardening. Soil plays most important part in any form of gardening. If you are trying to grow your organic garden then you must use a soil which is rich in minerals and nutrients. Most of the soils are not rich in minerals and nutrients which are essential for healthy growth of the plants. For making your soil nutrients rich you can add compost to your soil. Addition of compost will provide your soil the necessary amount of organic matter and will make your soil rich in minerals and nutrients.

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Compost contains sufficient amount of minerals and nutrients which can be readily absorbed by the plants. In this article I will discuss some important tips for creating and using organic gardening compost.

You can create your own organic gardening compost by using the left over food or you can purchase ready made compost from any local gardening store. If you are preparing the compost by yourself then you must add equal amounts of green (leaves) and soft materials to prepare an ideal blend. For further balancing your organic gardening compost mixture, add hard and brown material (chopped twigs, dead leaves).

Compost pile has to be 3 to 4 feet high. Make sure there is enough amount of air available for the aeration of the compost. You can use pitchfork or a large stick for aeration of soil. For larger compost piles you can use PVC pipes as most of the people have been successful with it.

One major advantage of preparing your own compost pile is that the high temperatures that will occur will help in elimination of the harmful diseases which are brought by pests or spores.

For making the decomposition process of your compost pile more efficient you can add more scraps from your home. This addition of scraps will provide more aeration to your compost pile. You can add several other things from your household such as peat moss, vegetable peels, seedless weeds and even fruit.

With the help of the above mentioned tips you can create your own organic gardening compost pile in no time. Although you can directly purchase ready made compost from the store but creating your own compost will be fun. Your scraps and left over food will be utilized in preparation of your organic compost. Well prepared and nutrient rich soil will assure you a healthy and beautiful organic garden in your near future.

6 Responses to “Organic Gardening Compost”

  1. Compost is so much more eco friendly and health friendly than chemical fertilizers. Compost is an important part of any garden, thanks for promoting at home composting.

  2. kikonja says:

    There is no excuse to throw are anything that is compostable.You can even compost in an apartment. Many new gadget allow clean and odor free composting. Paper, coffee grounds, even sour milk as long as it does not contain meat.

  3. beth says:

    I was just talking to a friend about composting and how easy it is. It’s a wonder why it’s not done more often.

  4. John says:

    Composting is a great art. I pesonally prefer the old fashioned pile method. One has to be careful in contructing the pile so that there is a good mixture of soil, water and air. That way you eliminate the need for turning the pile. I gather all of my materials and layer them in thin layers with a sprinkling of soil thoughout.

    If properly constructed the pile will heat enough to kill any weed seeds. After the heating process earthworms will find their way into the pile and finish the job for you.

    There is not much that smells as sweet as well made compost.

  5. Johnny P says:

    Great blog post! I love learning about this online as gardening/landscaping are not only hobbies of mine but I actually do a little bit of work like that during the summer months as a second job. I appreciate your content in your blog and wish that you would keep up the good work :)

  6. Nova Person says:

    Compost is a soil enhancer, soil conditioner and soil fertilizer in one. It improves the overall quality and structure of the soil. And the best part is, compost is relatively easy and inexpensive to make. A good way to make use of kitchen scraps.

    You can through weeds in a compost pile to kill the seeds. But make sure that it’s hot enough to kill the seeds (150F or higher). Otherwise, it will just grow once you dump the compost in your soil.


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