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What is composite?

Composite is decomposed organic material. It is full of nutrients, which are very good for the soil and help your plants and vegetables grow healthy.

How do I start composting?

In most landscaping shops sell containers made especially for composting. Locate the container in an appropriate place; it is preferable to have an area with shade than one that receives direct sunlight.

And what do I do next?

Put your yard waste in the compost bin. The best "recipe" is to include two pieces of brown material and a green part. For example, mix two parts of dry leaves (brown) and one part of cut grass (green).

Next you will need water. Add enough water to moisten the mixture, but not much to soak the debris. You will also need air, which you get by stirring and mixing the materials with a fork or a rake.

It is important to keep the mixture moist and to stir frequently to aerate it and accelerate the composting process. Once or twice a year collect the compost from the bottom or center of the mixture. When the material is ready it should have a dark color, easily disintegrate to the touch and have an earthy smell.

Tips to succeed in preparing compost

Cut the materials into pieces small
Small pieces of material become faster in composite. Cut yard debris with garden scissors or a machete, or use a garden waste disposal crusher or a lawn mower to grind the material.

The most efficient bacteria in the decomposition process thrive at temperatures between 110 ° F and 160 ° F, so that while

It is not very wet or very dry
If the compost is very wet, stir it stack and add dry, coarse material such as straw or bits of wood. If it is very dry, add enough water to moisten the pile without soaking it.

Find the right balance of materials
Remember, the ratio of two to one of brown colored materials to green materials. If the compost pile is moist but not decomposing, it contains a lot of brown material, but not enough green material. Scroll the pile and add green material rich in nitrogen as cut grass.

How to use your compost

Although compost does not replace fertilizer, it contains nutrients and keeps them on the ground until the plants can use them. Compost also helps loosen and aerate clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. The following are some common uses for using your compost:

To improve soil quality: Mix 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12.5 cm) the land where you are going to plant vegetables and flowers.

Pot Mix: Add one part of compost to two parts of commercial mix to plant potted plants. You can also prepare your own mix using equal parts of compost and sand or perlite (a light volcanic rock used in mixtures to plant potted plants).

To enrich the grass on the top: Composite mixture finely sifted with sand and evenly spread on the grass.

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