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Compost and Mulch

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Composting and using mulch are not new ideas. Compost is the natural breakdown of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or enriching garden soil. Making your own compost is not only beneficial for your garden, but ecologically sound as leaves, yard waste, and some household waste and organic materials can be used. Mulch is a layer of material placed over soil to modify the effects of the local climate. It is used to hold in moisture, insulate from cold, and as an assist in controlling weeds. To learn more and share knowledge about compost and mulch, ask and answer questions about them here.
Five materials necessary for a successful compost pile are bokashi,earthworms, manure, natural soil and unpackaged food.
Composting will not eliminate landfills, but it can help reduce them in size. Composting takes organic waste (like kitchen scraps and garden trimmings) out of landfills. If organic waste goes to landfill it often generates methane which, if not captured, is a dangerous greenhouse gas 21 times...
Composting helps the environment by making free nutrients that arenot factory processed. Composting worms help keep the cycle ofdecomposition going without giving off hideous gasses.
Compost manure is animal dung that is treated by composting, and is often used with other organic materials because it supplies the bacteria most needed in a composting system. Compost is almost any natural substance that is organic and biodegradable, and handled in a way that speeds up the natural...
  The chemical analysis of compost includes stability tests; and analyses of solid/waste chemical nutrients and of heavy metals and pesticides. Soil and waste nutrient analyses tell pH, and soluble salts levels. The pH typically may be about 7.0. Soluble salts level may be high if compost...
A compost pile is not self-sustaining as it requires human effortto apply material for composting and to remove the preparedcompost.
There is no universal special logo for a restaurant that composts.
My worms live very happily in shredded paper, with the occasional coffee ground and egg shell addition.
  == Answer ==   They both perform the same function. Straw will be cleaner and have fewer seeds in general and fewer weed seeds in particular. 
You can make a basic composting trash can just by drilling  sufficient holes to allow for air circulation, assure that the lid  fits well and a lid that you can secure in place. This way you can  just flip/roll-over the can to help the composting process.
yes, wood is an organic substance and like all things organic it can decompose. the smaller the wood is the quicker it decomposes.
Not necessarily. If your compost is fermenting properly from bacterial activity it will be too hot for worms to survive in it.
it rots easily and is edible
A more gabage or C fertilizer
The composting process breaks it down and it turns it into a healthy soil additive.
The only vitamin that is proven toxic in relativly small quantities is vitamin D (of course we need it in very tiny quantities). According to the material safety data sheet it does not seem to be toxic to invertabates (worms and insects). It did not show toxicity at the highest tested dose. All the...
The controlled aerobic degradation of organics using more than one materials (Faecal sludge and Organic solid waste).
worms compost itwhile moving around and living in it with foodand its not called "Poop"Poop is an annatractive word (even though its funny to say LOL)but you should of put the question like this" How dose Wastes From An Orginasim Turn Into Compost?"use the word waste(s)not poop lol
It improve the soil. Compost will also increase the number and the activity of good organisms. it also helps with the PH level of the soil.
Bad Stuff for the compost? Diseased plants (they spread disease), weeds with seeds, weed that can sprout from bits of root, pet feces(carries parasites), biodegradable items (glass, treated wood), toxic chemicals, fats, oil, meat scraps, bones (slow at breaking down)
Worms make the best compost.<><><>True, but the traditional compost heap may be too hot for worms (mine is about 160F when working) A mix of leaves and grassy materials/weeds/ vegetable peelings, when kept moist, and turned, will quickly break down to compost that can be added to...
at least one inch a year. doing this will allow for good stuff to be put into the soil. if you are look too correct physical problems (such as bad drainage and structure of the soil) just add a lot more then that. ideally we do not add enough compost to our gardens.
Yes, but if it's granulated, make sure you sprinkle it around, so it doesn't just all settle at the bottom.
Compost is used to add nutrients to the soil, in other words it will definatly make your garden grow
I believe so.Diluted with 3 parts water to 1 part urine.
Start the pile when it is warm out. Make the pile three parts "brown" (dead and drying stuff) and one part "green" (recently growing stuff). Also shred the stuff so it is small. Covering is a good idea too, it will keep the moister in and the rain from washing away. and string the pile once a week...
It will not have air in the bottle for the food
Because they want to use it in their gardens.For one thing, composting all organic matter (kitchen scraps, yard waste, manure, etc.) reduces the amount of garbage that has to go into landfills. That's the altruistic answer.For the "what's in it for me?" answer: compost makes plants grow strong and...
Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetesaccount for most of the decomposition that takes place in a pile.They are considered chemical decomposers, because they change thechemistry of organic wastes. The larger decomposers, ormacroorganisms, in a compost pile include mites,...
Compost adds essential nutrients, helps conserve moisture, improves soil friability and structure. It may also contain helpful invertebrates such as worms and also micro-organisms.
if you don't compost the garbage will stay there a million years and that's even worse afriacian americian will die there because that area is is worse you,ll die there that's why you need to compost.
What is good for the compost? it is what we call greens and browns. greens are Nitrogen/ protein rich things such as; fresh grass clipings, manure, klep meal, sea weed, crushed eggshells, sour milk, coffee grounds, basicly stuff that was just recently growing. Browns are carbon rich stuff such as...
The smaller the particles, the faster they break down. So, newpaper pulp would break down much faster than a whole sheet of newspaper.
There isn't really a best. But, a good compost would be,... VEGETABLES!!! Anything natural cut up into many little pieces will do
Earthworms stir up the dirt and spread the nutrients to other plants and trees. They also eat the dead leaves so there won't be dead leaves sitting around everywhere.
What is good for the compost? it is what we call greens and browns. greens are Nitrogen/ protein rich things such as; fresh grass clipings, manure, klep meal, sea weed, crushed eggshells, sour milk, coffee grounds, basicly stuff that was just recently growing. Browns are carbon rich stuff such as...
Compost is a mixture of decaying or decayed vegetable or other organic matter which not only provides many of the plant nutrients found in commercial fertilizer, but it also assists the formation of a substrata in which plant roots, and rootlets can grow, subject to more easily obtained water and...
Approx 4.5 sq.metres at 25mm depth
Compost is used as a soil conditioner. Compost improves your soil's structure so that it can retain moisture and hold it at the roots, where your plants need it the most. It also adds nutrients back in the soil. Adding compost to your vegetable or flower garden will help your plants' root systems...
Dirt. When you put vegetable scraps into a container with holes in it for air, dead leaves, some water, and dirt, (worms are extremely helpful for composting) the scraps break down into moist, airy dirt that is good for gardens or house plants. If you mean to keep composting for a long time, you can...
yes it helps to fertilize the soil making it better for the plans tp get more nuetriant out off whitch helps them to grow quicker and better
No it's better to plant grass around the plant or place rocks around it.
Adam. He was the first gardener.
Yes, maples like ericaceous compost. The kind of dark-colored, fresh-smelling, nutrient-rich compost in question tends to be associated with the Ericaceae family of heaths and heathers. But members of the Acer genus also tend to handle a compost that appeals to plants that prefer soil pHs in the...
It depends on what you start with and how much to lower. It is a gradual process and should be done on a compost pile.
Almost anything organic that will decompose.
i know it's gross, bt animal manueur
Spreading the fertilizers after removing the compost is the way to  replace kitchen waste compost with synthetic fertilizers.  Dark-colored, fresh-smelling, nutrient-rich compost produced from  the natural breakdown of kitchen scraps and yard debris may be used  as soil amendments, fertilizers,...
Thousands of years ago is the start time for saving table scraps for compost. Recycling carbon- and nitrogen-rich materials into dark-colored, fresh-smelling, nutrient-rich materials for soil amendments, fertilizers, mulches, and rejuvenators may be deemed as old as agriculture. Traditional...
=== pH too high (>8.5), Between 5.5 and 8.5 (neutral); ===     === pH too low (<5.5), Between 5.5 and 8.5 (neutral); ===     === ===   === Poor aeration (anaerobic) ===   Too wet (>60% moisture), Moisture content between 40 -- 60%;   High bulk density, Material...
  heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost
Actually, all organic materials can be composted. However, you areusually advised not to add meat containing refuse to the mix. Thisis because meat products will attract animals who will mess up thecompost bin.
There are 160 million tons of municipal solid waste produced in the United States annually and about 85 percent is put into a landfill. Between 25 and 40 percent of this waste could be composted instead. Composted municipal solid waste has been used successfully to improve the physical and chemical...
Depends on what kind of stuff you are composting. It also depends on what method you are using some fast composting methods take 2-3 weeks to produce compost. The temperature/weather has an effect on composting rate too.
Yes because grass and flowers are blooming
mulch is something you put around your plants or in a flowerbed on top for looks, and also to help hold moisture in the soil so it doesn't dry up, also as it decomposes, it actually will help make the soil better, it makes flower beds look good as well.
The easiest way that I've found, is just to use a rake.
No. Not recommended. Wax decomposition is very slow and would slow down the decomposing in the compost pile. However, you can bury wax deeper in the gardens since it is organic and will eventually contribute to subsoil blending.
Since I live in a small apartment building, I compost on the roof in clear 19 gallon plastic tubs, with the tops cut off, trimmed to fit over the lower part, and onion bag material covering the open spouts to keep insects out, yet oxygen in. I call these Solar Composters, since the trapped heat of...
Yes. But you should crunch them up first.
Get a solve and dig it out of the ground and when you get it you will be rich and only one person can get it and be rich.
It saves you money and it gets rid of your rubbish. It has fiber that helps plats grow.
Increases in the budgeted household costs, the degree of environmental pollution, the number of landfills, the use of nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium fertilizers, and the volume of trash are among the events that happen when composting is not done. Composting produces dark-colored, fresh-smelling,...
Sure, you can put moss in your compost.
It depends on what sort of compost you get. But multipurpose compost is like soil but it hasn't got any rocks in it.
Yes, that's exactly what it does.
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Yes, used tea leaves makes outstanding compost. Finely broken tea can be mixed in directly to soil, and coarser, large tea leaves can either be used as a coarse leaf mulch, or added to a compost pile or heap where they will quickly break down into nutrient-rich soil. Be cautious, however, when...
It should be dark, smell of the earth, and you should not be able to identify what it is made from.
Yes. You can also use it to polish silver. :)
You can put anything into the compost that will break down. Typically, you want to avoid plastic, rocks, bones, glass and large chunks of matter. The smaller the pieces, the faster it will break down.
Yes, unless you threw cheese into the compost pile and the worms got constipated. But they'll eventually find the high fiber stuff and get regular again. That's what helps make garbage turn into compost. Worm poo. In fact you can buy worm poo by the sack. It's called Worm Casting, and it's a great...
  The weight can vary because of water content. The volume does not change.  
  Their really is not 'a best type of compost' it is really all the same. Any thick black compost is good for the lawn.
By decreasing work, minimizing unsightliness, and releasing  nutrients are ways in which the compost heap helps decayed  weeds.    Specifically, disposal of weeds can be carried out in the two steps  of extricating them from their location and transporting them to  the pile. In contrast,...
rotten food and animal poop
Nitrogen, carbon, microbes and water.
Most compost piles will not fully work completely through the pile unless you stir or flip it once in a while.Compost piles are part organic food, plant stuffs. The compost material needs air to allow the bacteria to do their part and break stuff down and actually heat it up and purify it to some...
Yes, newspaper works very well in compost piles.
Because that which returns to the earth is not wasted. The more you compost, the less you add to the landfill. Even if you have no use for the compost, there are a lot of people who will gladly take it off your hands.
no because it breaks down only after 1000s of years
Then you need to add water and stir it. It should be damp, like a wrung-out sponge. Adding high-nitrogen material, such as manure or grass clippings, will help also.
As of being organic material, Yes, it can be composted. Since it is rich in proteins, the actual process of breaking this down may be helped by adding yeast to it. I would add yeast to it if I had a lot of flour to compost, but not if it was only a small amount of it.
There shouldn't be layers in your bin. It should be all mixed up together.
Plants do not need compost, compost is a soil conditioner and will improve the soil structure and the plants will benefit and grow better.
a compost needs vegetable's and fruit . but of course you don't put them whole you grind them up. its also good to put worms in the compost
It is a 'Safer For The Environment' soil for planting.