If you're looking for a natural, green way to improve your garden soil, then there is nothing better than compost. It helps recycle waste, and provides rich nutrients for your soil. You can either make compost at home, or buy compost from a supplier. Compost is made from natural, recyclable trash from your home. The ingredients in a compost heap are divided into nitrogen rich and carbon rich. It is important to have both carbon rich ingredients, as well as nitrogen rich ingredients. A proper balance is important for the compost to work and break down the ingredients. A good starting point is 30 carbon to 1 nitrogen.
Here is a list of some of the common ingredients in compost and their nitrogen/carbon designation.
Banana Peels, Coffee Grounds, Fruit and Vegetable Scraps: Nitrogen
These are your typical kitchen scraps that will end up in compost. They are rich in nitrogen. Some people refer to the nitrogen rich ingredients as the "green", even though many are not green. Many people who have a home compost system even keep a small container on their kitchen counter to collect the vegetable and fruit scraps during food preparation.
Fresh Grass, Weeds, Flowers: Nitrogen
All that green grass, pulled weeds, and cut flowers can end up in compost. They all provide a rich source of nitrogen.
Dried Leaves, Sawdust, and Wood Ash*: Carbon
All of the leaves that are raked up during the Fall are a fantastic component to compost. Rather then burning them, or throwing them out in the trash, they can be added to a compost heap and turn into amazing soil. Likewise, sawdust and wood ash also provide an excellent source of carbon. Individual homeowners can, if they have a small amount of leaves or ash from a wood burning stove, use this in a personal compost pile. Alternatively, leaves that are bagged and left out for collection will often end up at a designated compost site.
*Only wood ash should be composted. Do not make the mistake of adding ash from coal, because it contains toxins that will kill the compost and your garden.
Cardboard and Paper: Carbon
These materials are very high in carbon and are not well suited for a personal compost heap. However, they are certainly a part of large-scale compost productions. Commercial compost producers are able to process these materials because they have the space to create gigantic compost piles and have the time to allow these materials to break down. For more information, talk to a professional like Commodities Unlimited Inc.Share
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