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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.
A pH range of 6.8-8.3 tends to be what the range will be for organic compost that results from the proper breakdown of properly compostable materials under proper conditions of air, moisture, and temperature. The ideal pH range for most plants is 6.0 to 7.0. It is a good, organic fertilizer of pH 6…
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The mixture that you ideally want will depend largely on what you want to grow and the amount of rain you receive. For example, if you want garden soil for planting veggies, the best soil is typically a loamy soil. You can make a sandy-loam soil soil mix as follows: 1/3 part sand + 1/3 part silt (us…
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You can make a compost bin from almost anything: cinder blocks, lumber, rubber garbage cans ...; to me the question is: "How large or small do you want it to be?" If you live in an area where you get a lot of rain, then you should keep it covered; also, by covering it, you will keep out the night-ti…
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Much of the same way that they use sillage and manure. It is evenly spread across the top of the soil by a muck spreader and then followed by a plough to mix it all together. This is now generally used in organic farming but not so much in traditional farming anymore as they use inorganic fertil…
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No Cat Manure FertilizerNO! Cat manure can contain Toxoplasma gondii and other organisms that are harmful to human health. Toxoplasmosis is infection with the Toxoplasma parasite. Humans can be infected and show no symptoms, but in people with suppressed immune systems, the parasite can migrate to t…
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A good mixture of greens (nitrogen) and browns (carbon) is the key. Grass clippings and kitchen vegetable scraps (greens) need to be mixed with dried leaves and twigs (browns). The whole pile needs to be kept damp. I mix in about one part green, one part brown and one part soil; water well; and turn…
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it will compost eventually but will stink like hell as it does. not recommended
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Compost is a living culture, a colony of macro and micro organisms that convert organic matter into humus. It is a valuable mixture of decaying organic matter, leaves, food scraps and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. In short, compost is made of biodegradable materials,…
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Any organic garbage that decomposes can be put in a compost pile. This includes vegetables, potato pealings, egg shells etc. Also leaves in the fall and grass or anything from last years garden that is going to rot or decompose can be put in a pile. After it has been sitting since last year and is w…
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It is a natural mineral that expands when heated.
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Composting Basics The basics are simple, but it is a bit of an art to get one to heat fast and finish quickly. These hot piles are active composting. However, there is evidence that a slow pile produces more humus, which is the goal, so passive composting is another option. Active Composting …
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Answer About 600-700 kg.
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Yes, they are excellent for adding to your compost, as well as grass clippings, shredded newsprint and vegetable waste. Answer Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen but often can be acidic. Composting well before adding to the garden may be better, but small amounts can be added directly to the g…
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Pick a spot in the yard that is out of the way. Start piling up grass clippings, leaves, old hay, manure, pulled weeds. Turn the pile over with a garden fork every 3 weeks. You will have nice compost in no time. you can also add any organic waste from home such as onion peel, potatoes, fruit and…
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Refer to a matter density table or fill a bushel container & then weigh it.    Weight versus volumeA recurring problem -- an incessant, nagging, chronic one -- is the confusion people have with weight and volume. They are NOT the same. Weight is an indirect measure of mass, whereas v…
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composting helps us by supplying nutrients to soil when we put it on top of soil. composting is also good because composting food scraps stops a lot of stuff going into landfills.composting is good for the world New AnswerCompost encourages earthworms and other advantageous organisms whose actions …
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Red worms, European night crawlers
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I bought one bushel of peanuts from Kroger's produce, and weighted 27 pounds.
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If there are flies in a compost pile, there's an inbalance between carbon and nitrogen in the pile. There are a couple of ways to keep flies away from your compost pile... First of all try not to add meat, fish, or dairy products to your pile. Concentrated nitrogen sources like these and attract f…
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Compost is a cycle in which matter such as banana peels, orange peels, coffe grindings,{Etc.}. This waste is soon transformed into nutrients for soil once it has been decomposed although it takes a while to compost! Compost is very useful if you have a garden so your plants can grow faster and have …
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Compost Needed for 1/4 Acre One acre is equal to 43560 square feet, so a quarter of that is 10,890 feet. One yard of compost is 27 cubic feet, so a yard will cover three times that to a depth of four inches (one third of a foot), or 81 square feet. 10,890 divided by 81 is 134.4, so you will need …
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I'm guessing it's wood chips from trees that were not treated with pesticides and such
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Compost is when plants and animal decompose and turn into soil. For anyone with a garden a compost bin, or compost heap, is an excellent way to keep kitchen and garden scraps out of landfill where they decompose anaerobically (that is, without air), so producing methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times m…
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Compost is an all natural alternative to chemical fertilizers. It doesn't leach into the rivers and waterways like chemical fertilizer does. Compost contains many micro-nutrients as well as the basic three - nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium - which support microorganisms in the soil. The microor…
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A location that is conducive to controlled moisture and partial sunlight, comfortable for safe monitoring and viewing, and convenient for use is where a compost bin should be put. Specifically, a compost bin has to be in partial sunlight and near water sources -- such as garden hoses -- in order t…
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Compost is a nothing more than a mixture of brown and green materials that is left to rot and is turned to keep the mixture heated up in the center and provide the necessary oxygen to the 'rotting material' to futher the rotting or composting of the materials.You can use a mixture of green grass cli…
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Humus is formed from soil mixtures and any other organic materials
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Composting is a way to help the environment by recycling used waste products. A great way to compost is to use paper scraps, soaked in liquor (!), because the starch in the liquor helps to disolve the waste. It also makes the (Saprophydic) bacteria become intoxiated, and then they reproduce faster. …
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No, compost bins do not smell if proper materials are recycled and proper procedure is followed, but yes, they will if improper or proper materials are not aerated, layered, moisturized, and turned adequately. Compost bins yield a dark-colored, fresh-smelling, nutrient-rich product with correctly ae…
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Vermiform compost is a type of compost that is produced by redworms, white worms or earthworms. These worms consume organic waste and leave behind a rich compost.
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Use this conversion: liters x 0.02838 = bushels (75 x 0.02838 = about 2.128 bushels)
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why not? do you have a better use for human organic waste? to make your garthen better ando to make it easier to grow plants!
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Answer If the farmer combined 2 compost heaps with 3 others, then this will result in one big heap. If our farmer combined 2 compost heaps into 3 others, then he'll have three. This one is more a question dealing with language and the use of words, or is a riddle or poser.
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the same way you make any kind of compost Chicken droppings on their own do not make good compost as they are very high in Nitrogen,spread layers between other material and this will speed up the formation of the compost. A good way to use them it put them in a canvas bag and suspend it in a barrel…
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Compost Tea is made from extracting some of the beneficial nutrients and microbes from compost into liquid form so that it is easy to apply to plants and allows for these nutrients and microbes to be absorbed by plants and soil easily.
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A compost bin is usually square and come in many sizes, but it should have a panel or door at the bottom to access the the compost that is oldest. Since you fill from the top. It can take 3 months or more for the first compost to start degrading.
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Paddy rice, or rough rice, is what is traded in the commodities market.The official U.S. weight measure for a bushel of paddy rice is 45 lb.Paddy rice contains by weight: 22% husk and trash, 10% bran, 68% rice.For the 1.4 denser white or polished or milled rice, one bushel weighs 63 lb.
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Giving it fertilizer, a mixture of nutrients and animal waste, can aid a plant's growth. Also, there is a myth that singing to a plant helps it grow. There is no scientific evidence to support this theory, as of yet.
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Composting allows us to recycle our waste directly back into the environment. It is a very important aspect of organic agriculture and green living. Instead of letting the leaves be and blow away, they are utilized so that they may turn into soil which will lead to more fertile land.
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No. A yard is a measure of distance. A cubic yard is a measure of volume. They do not equate.-----------Answer 2:-----------No, but some people (including some people who sell soil products) refer to cubic yards as yards (for example: "3 yards of compost will cost you 120$" or "The compost is 40$ pe…
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One of the tricks to making good humus is ensuring that all the ingredients are fresh. Well all except the chickpeas. Chickpeas are the main ingredients in humus, but oddly they are the least critical as far as taste goes. Buy canned chickpeas: it's much quicker. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them w…
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Mulch is any material that placed over soil in the garden or around trees. It's purpose is to retain moisture, deter weeds and to keep the soil from eroding.
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It takes about 4 weeks (one month) for a banana peel to biodegrade.
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Compost is made of decomposing organic matter
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Answer #1Composting isn't bad. It is only bad if you put in the wrong substances.Answer #2Composting may be considered bad when it takes place under anaerobic conditions. For the breakdown takes place without the presence and assistance of oxygen. Such is the breakdown in landfills. And anaerobic de…
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A compost pile is made by alternating layers of "green" and "brown" materials. "Green" materials, like kitchen scraps, chopped-up plant stalks, and succulent, leafy material, are higher in nitrogen. Animal manure, which is also high in nitrogen, is considered a "green" material for purposes of compo…
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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 nu…
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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 gr…
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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 should be loose and fluffy; Small particles, Too small p…
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It saves you money and it gets rid of your rubbish. It has fiber that helps plats grow.
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The cost depends greatly upon your location, where you buy it, and the quantity you buy. For most people it can be bought inexpensively at Lowe's, Home Depot or other chain stores.
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A product that has agricultural, horticultural, and industrial applications is what Cocopeat is.Specifically, Cocopeat also can be called coir dust in recognition of its origins in coconut husk fibers. Industrially, it gets applied to slippery floors. Its agricultural use on animal farms is echoed i…
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See http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080423062755AANplje for a better discussion.
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Gardeners tend to have three main uses for compost. Specifically, the dark brown, fresh-smelling, organic matter rich soil may be used as mulch, natural fertilizer, or soil amendments. Any one of the three uses adds nutrients to soil and improves soil structure by encouraging air and water pore spac…
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Look, 1cm3=1ml If you know this you can find the others such as 1m3 This is how.. 1cm3=1ml but 1m3=1000000 cm3 therefore, 1/1000000m3=1ml therefore,1m3=1000000ml i.e.1m3=1000000/1000 litre =1000 litres got it?? Answer 2: 1 m = 100 cm 1 cm^3 = 1 mL 1 L = 1,000 mL Therefore: "a cu…
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A worms waste, so urine and poo, will help fertilise the soil. While it travels around it mixes all the soil together making it healthier.
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Yes
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Composting is the means of heaping up garden refuse and allowing it to decompose until it returns to the humus it once was.
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Make sure that any sawdust you use is sourced from treatment free timber. As timber rots it uses some nitrogen, so ensure that the mulch has a nitrogen source like green waste (leaves, grass clippings) or rotted manure mixed in to balance this.
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Compost produces nutrient rich soil for use in gardens and landscapes. Mix it into the soil around the plants or use as mulch on top of the ground around plants. It contains nutrients for the plants so that less or no fertilizer is needed. This is an efficient way of organic gardening and does not h…
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You can compost all sorts of natural things such as Peels of fruits and vegetables (N Nitrogen) dead plants (C Carbon) Egg shells (C) Uncooked grain and pulses (C) Cooked left-over food (N) paper towels (C) cardboard pizza boxes (C) Garden clippings and leaves (N) vacuum cleaner and hair (C) …
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It can be - compost is made from the decomposition of organic material by bacteria and fungus (mostly bacteria), so your dog can get a bacterial infection from eating it. Also, many of the break-down products of composting can be toxic.
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It does not matter. The straw will decompose into compost as well as the manure.
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Food waste should not be put on a compost heap as it attracts vermin.
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No, you shouldn't put cheese in the compost pile. Dairy products, greasy or oily foods, and meat attract foraging wildlife. Generally, once a hungry critter finds a food source, the stop becomes permanent on the animal's nightly rounds.
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Litterfall is one of many names for compost on the forest floor. Specifically, compost designates organic matter that results from the breakdown of dead, decaying, decomposing animal and plant matter. The accumulation of dead and dying material in forests includes a number of contributions from pla…
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make a pile of it in a desired area. turn it regularly and keep adequate moisture on it.
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avoid adding meat or milk products turn the pile over at least once a week make sure you add enough dry stuff like straw, sawdust, grass clippings If it smells bad youre not doing it right. It is too cold and wet. Is it in plastic bags?
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It's probably planted too deep. Keep the growth buds above ground level.
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Good carbon (brown) layers: paper towels, paper bags, hair, coffee grounds, straw, napkins, paper from shreddder, fall leaves, dead lawn clippings (keep to a minimum so your layers do not get anerobic), soil, etc. Make sure you shred paper as much as possible as it will break down faster... Good N…
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Vermi compost is worm manure, the end result from a worm farm. The valuable natural fertilizer and plant food that the worms have produced from your kitchen scraps.
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Generally you'd expect a compost heap to be about three feet across and two or three feet high. Much smaller than that and whatever you're composting will probably not heat up into "fast compost", but will simply decompose slowly, the way leaves decompose on a forest floor.That being said, it is per…
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Anything that is biodegradable such as paper, lawn clipping, leaves, food scraps ect. but NOT bones or animal fats.
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Yes. Mushrooms (fungi) have a C:N (carbon-to-nitrogen) ratio of 12:1, while the ratio for finished compost is 20-25:1. Adding mushrooms to a compost pile is a way of adding nitrogen, so the high-carbon ("brown") materials break down more quickly and evenly. Toxins in mushrooms are also broken down d…
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Everyone should compost because it is a win for everyone. Composting is good for the environment. Plants that are fertilized with compost are given nutrients that regular soil does not contain.
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No. Humus is the Turkish spelling of the Middle Eastern dish whose preferred spelling is hommos, houmos, or hummus. The dish involves the cooking or mashing of chickpeas, for serving with garlic, ground sesame seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. The preferred use of the word humus is its refer…
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There is no way to really make 'quick compost' how ever you can speed the proses up by i little depending on how hot the pile is and the moisture content is and how well it gets turned.
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Any were from $7 to $12 for a 20 pound bag. =The answer often depends on the type, quality, & quanity of the compost. It is often sold by the cubic yard.
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Most composting systems use aerobic bacteria to do the actual composting. This means that the bacteria need air, so tightly closing the bin (depending on the design) might not be beneficial.
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No. Don't compost any meat items. yes you can. however meat product will draw the attention of wild life and stray cats and dogs as well as flies which one doesnt usually want in a home compost heap but on principle you can compost any organic material including paper, wool, cotton and milk product…
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While it isn't unsafe to compost Silica Gel, it will not decompose. The Silica Gel will simply absorb moisture from the compost until it is completely saturated. Silica Gel is useful for drying and preserving seeds and therefore can be useful for organic gardening.
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Mulching is a great way to save water while gardening. Mulch save a hundred of gallons of water by reducing water evaporation from the soil. It helps trap soil moisture thus reducing the need to water the plants on a daily basis. For more tips on Water wise Gardening, refer to the link below.
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Compost can help your plants grow better
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to make fresh soil for your plants and to reduce the amount of waste in land fills. also its cheaper than buying soil for your garden ever year
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You either turn them over so they compost or you let them grow and use them. It is better to remove potatoes from your compost heap turning them over will make no difference.
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Build a base out of two by fours, to save weight, and then cut an access door in the side of the drum. You will need to buy two hinges for the door and attach them with nuts and small bolts. Then get a simple lock to keep the door closed when you rotate it. You will also need to put turning handles …
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Ventilation of composting material makes sure enough oxygen gets in to allow for aerobic bacteria to compost the material. This reduces the odours produced.
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Yes the rising humidity and temperature are caused by the same process because as the compost heats up the water molecules evaporate which then causes the rise in humidity.
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1) Farms of India are smaller while farms of USA are larger...2)farms in India mostly use traditional agricultural methods like broadcasting etc....while farms in USA use modern agricultural methods like tractors, harvesters etc.....3) Farmers in India are usually poor and illiterate while farmers i…
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All leaves will compost.
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no The young plants will not contaminate the compost the pesticides that contaminate must be applied after planting.
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composting usually takes 3-6 weeks to decompose.
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Any kind of vegetal and animal waste: Kitchen waste such as coffee grounds, paper tea bags, pealings, oil and fat, lawn clippings, hedge trimmings, dead leaves, cardboard.Better avoid bones, unless you have something to crunch them. They are rich in nitrogen, but don't break down.The smaller the siz…
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