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postheadericon Composting fish waste: tips on how to compost fish scraps

Composting fish waste: tips on how to compost fish scraps

Image by Jay Dodge By Amy Grant Liquid fish fertilizer is a boon to the home garden, but can you compost fish scraps and waste to create your own nutrient rich fish compost? The answer is a resounding, “Yes, indeed!” The process of composting fish is really no different than bread or beer making, relying on much the same microorganisms to turn simple ingredients into a spectacular end result. Let’s learn more about how to compost fish scraps. About Fish Compost If you, a family member or close friend is…

postheadericon Composting leaves in garden: learn the benefits of leaf compost

Composting leaves in garden: learn the benefits of leaf compost

Image by sponselli By Bonnie L. Grant Composting leaves is a terrific way to recycle and create a nutrient rich garden soil amendment at the same time. The benefits of leaf compost are numerous. The compost increases the porosity of the soil, raises the fertility, diminishes the strain on landfills and creates a living “blanket” over your plants. Learning how to compost leaves just requires a little knowledge of the balance of nitrogen and carbon. The correct balance will ensure fast composting of leaves for spring time black gold. The…

postheadericon Citrus peels in compost – tips for composting citrus peels

Citrus peels in compost – tips for composting citrus peels

Image by Toshiyuki IMAI By Heather Rhoades In years past, some people recommended that citrus peels (orange peels, lemon peels, lime peels, etc.) should not be composted. The reasons given were always unclear and ranged from citrus peels in compost would kill off friendly worms and bugs to the fact that composting citrus peels was simply too much of a pain. We are glad to report that this is absolutely false. Not only can you put citrus peelings in a compost pile, they are good for your compost too. Composting…

postheadericon Composting meat: can you compost meat scraps

Composting meat: can you compost meat scraps

Image by Alpha By Amy Grant We all know that composting is not only a valuable eco-friendly tool, with the end result being a nutrient-rich soil additive for the home gardener, but it also reduces the monthly household garbage bill significantly. What many may not know, however, is what part of that garbage should or should not be added to the compost heap—namely using meat in compost. So keep reading the following meat composting info to find out more about this. Can You Compost Meat Scraps? A win/win scenario for…

postheadericon Learn more about using ashes in compost

Learn more about using ashes in compost

Image by Erich Ferdinand By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Is ash good for compost? Yes. Since ashes do not contain nitrogen and will not burn plants, they can be useful in the garden, especially in the compost pile. Wood ash compost can be a valuable source of lime, potassium, and other trace elements. Fireplace Ashes for Compost Composting ashes is an ideal way to put them to use in the garden. Fireplace ashes for compost can be used to help maintain the neutral condition of the compost….

postheadericon Understanding the browns and greens mix for compost

Understanding the browns and greens mix for compost

Image by Alan Levine By Heather Rhoades Composting is a great way to add nutrients and organic material to your garden while reducing the amount of garbage we send to the landfills. But many people who are new to composting wonder what is meant by creating a balanced browns and greens mix for compost? What is brown material for compost? What is green material for compost? And why is getting the right mix of these important? What is Brown Material for Compost? Brown materials for composting consists of dry or…

postheadericon Can you compost diapers: learn about composting diapers at home

Can you compost diapers: learn about composting diapers at home

Image by Inga Munsinger Cotton By Anne Baley Americans add over 7.5 billion pounds of disposable diapers into landfills each year. In Europe, where more recycling usually happens, almost 15 percent of all garbage discarded is diapers. The percentage of trash made of diapers grows every year, and there is no end in sight. What is the answer? One solution might be to compost the parts of a diaper that will break down over time. Composting diapers isn’t a complete answer to the problem, but it can help lower the…

postheadericon Grass clipping composting: making compost with grass clippings

Grass clipping composting: making compost with grass clippings

Image by Denise Krebs By Heather Rhoades Making compost with grass clippings seems like a logical thing to do, and it is, but you do need to be aware of some things about composting lawn grass before you go ahead and do it. Knowing more about composting with grass clippings means that your overall compost pile will be better off. What to Know Before Composting Lawn Grass The first thing to know before adding grass clippings to your compost pile is that you don’t have to compost your grass clippings….

postheadericon Can you compost acorns: tips on composting acorns

Can you compost acorns: tips on composting acorns

Image by Muffet By Anne Baley Oak trees will alternate between heavy and light years, but they’ll drop acorns on your yard every fall. It’s a treat for the squirrels which bury them with abandon, but can be annoying to any homeowner with a landscaping plan. Acorns sprout easily and quickly, and within a month you’ll see dozens of baby trees poking up from the grass, which must be pulled by hand. Getting rid of them is a priority, so you may be wondering can you compost acorns. Not only do…

postheadericon Adding hair to compost: types of hair for composting

Adding hair to compost: types of hair for composting

Image by How can I recycle this By Anne Baley As many good gardeners know, composting is a free way to turn garbage and garden waste into a substance that feeds plants while it conditions the soil. There are a number of ingredients that can go into compost, but many people ask the question, “Can you compost hair?” Keep reading for information on composting hair for the garden. Can You Compost Hair? At its heart, compost is nothing more than organic materials that have broken down into their most basic…