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What Is Compost?
Compost is garden soil made out of things that used to be alive. Plants love it. What is the easiest way to start a compost pile? Designate a space in your yard to be the compost pile, about three feet wide. Then add weeds, straw, leaves, dirt, water, and kitchen scraps. That is all you have to do. If animals get into your compost, enclose it in a cylinder of stiff wire mesh fence.
What Goes Into a Compost Pile?
Other good ingredients for compost include: earthworms (night crawlers or red worms), unbleached paper products (such as brown paper bags), and wood shavings.
What Do You Do With Compost?
The compost is ready to use when it has turned into rich soil, and you can barely see individual ingredients anymore. In three months, start a new pile. Give your original pile two more months to decompose. The amount of compost will be much less than what you put into it; it will have broken down. Mix it into your garden soil, or just spread it on top. You will be contributing to the topsoil of the Earth.
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Compost makes great seed-starting soil.
I use pure compost for seed-starting soil; it is easy and free. It works fine, except when there are non-decomposed seeds in it. Little weed sprouts are easy to pick out when my desired seeds sprout. The only problem I have had is with pumpkin seeds in the compost; the baby pumkins look like baby cucumbers. Now, in the fall, I make a point of putting my used-up pumpkins in some spot other than the compost pile.
I also use compost for potting soil. Questions?
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