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From garbage to garden - all about composting


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Compost is the ultimate component for getting fertile soil. If maximum people started composting their kitchen and garden waste, then we would all enjoy more productive organic gardens.

Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus to the soil by decomposing organic material which is used as a fertilizer for growing plants.

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How to compost

1. Prepare the first layer that is base

Here, necessary part is to drain excess water so, you need to add some brick’s crush and sand to the composting container.

Upper to this will be pieces of gunny bags, if not possible then, add plant twigs or pieces of barks.

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2. Make the middle layer

First layer will keep the material moist. Middle layer includes soil, green material, earthworms, garden waste etc.

Mix it properly so, the decaying will happen evenly. You have to sprinkle the water after few days repeatedly.

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3. Maintain the top layer

Decaying material will start turning green to brown. This indicates you can add another layer of materials included in the middle layer. That should be occasionally aerated with a garden fork; for this, mixing the outside ingredients to the inside will help.

Again you can repeat the process and after few months the mulch or organic compost will be ready.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.