There is a safer way to enrich your soil. You do not even have to use chemicals that pose great risk to your health. And the good thing about this method is that it is affordable. There is even no need to shell out great amount of money to fertilize your land.
So are you curious about this method? Do you already have an idea on what this is all about? Well, it is no other than composting.
Aside from being affordable and safe, composting is highly encouraged for the following reasons:
The process itself helps avoid incidences of disease in plants and growth of pests.
It decontaminates the land. Because of the composting process soil is cleansed from semi volatile, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and other chemicals that could contaminate the soil.
Compost prevents occurrence of erosion and silting.
Making the Compost
If you want to try and make compost here are some of the steps to follow:
Gather all materials. You need to secure three basic ingredients. The first one is water. The second is the green components. And the third is the brown components. Green components can be the waste materials coming from your house like food scraps, vegetable peelings, grass, weed and fallen leaves that has not dried out yet. Brown components can be twigs, dried leaves and branches of trees.
Choose an area for composting. It has been suggested that the area should be shady with good access to water. There should also be a compost bin in that area, which can be bought from the market or made.
Once you have all the things needed for composting, layer the brown and green materials properly. You also have to add manure or soil that can help with the decomposition process.
Damp the dry materials but not wet them.
Cover the compost bin with tarp but there is a need to turn the pile from time to time.
You can use the compost once it has turned dark brown.
Usually, compost can be ready within weeks.
Caring for the Compost
Here are some ways to maintain your compost:
Maintain the shadiness of the area where the bin is located. You can create a roof over it to protect it from rainwater.
Constantly dampen the pile if you see its starting to dry out. It should be damped not flooded or wet.
Turning the pile is needed. This is needed to aerate the compost pile.
Keep the compost healthy by maintaining the nitrogen and carbon balance of the pile. You can do this by adding more green and brown materials.
The compost height should be maintained at least 3 feet high. This is the right height to generate heat that can commence the decomposition process, as well as sanitize the waste.
Compost can really help a lot of homeowners reduce waste in landfills simply by just using all the scraps and waste at home as fertilizers. But not all waste are qualified ingredients to make compost since some of them may generate harmful substances or chemicals that is emitted during the decomposition process.
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