Composting enhances the soil as it provides a nutrient-rich humus and helps the soil to hold vital moisture.
What can you add to a composting bin? Table scraps, fruit and vegetables, and grass clippings add nitrogen. Weeds that have not yet seeded can provide additional nitrogen. Mix the nitrogen rich items with carbon healthy items such as dried leaves, hay, and pine needles.
Recycling coffee grounds and tea leaves are excellent sources of additional nutrients for your homestead compost, but you may be surprised to hear that even your dryer lint and old newspaper can be added to the pile.
When adding to your compost bin, alternate layers of wet and dry ingredients. Grass clippings and other greens should be added, but avoid clumping. Aim for a mixture of 1/3 green and 2/3 brown materials to strike the correct balance in your composting materials.
Cover your compost bin with wood, plastic or other materials to maintain heat, and to keep compost moist. A cover will keep your bin from being over-watered by rain, yet maintain moisture.
Turn your compost with a pitch-fork or a shovel to add oxygen and to mix in new ingredients.
Composting is a wonderful way to maintain your garden. It is good for the earth, green, and an affordable way to fertilize your soil.
Do you have a garden and/or a composting bin at home?
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