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Getting to Grips with Composting: A Beginners Guide

written by: KennethSleight•edited by: Paul Arnold•updated: 9/20/2011

Composting ticks so many boxes. For starters it’s great fun, can save you a packet and is a big friend to the environment. With a few simple tricks you can begin enjoying the benefits of composting today.

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    Compost What are the benefits of composting? How do you start your own compost heap? What can you do if you live in an apartment or on a small plot of land? And what can you put in your compost? We answer all of these questions and more in this great composting guide. Benefits and how to tips are integrated with practical guides and step by step instructions.

    The Many Benefits of Composting

    If you are on the fence about whether to compost or not, check out these facts on the benefits of composting. It isn’t just a good way to make your own fertilizer, you can actually lower your bills and help protect the environment as well. This is a great place to start your quest for composting knowledge.

    How to Compost: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Here is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to starting and maintaining a compost heap in your yard. It gives a list of the types of materials to use in your compost heap and the ratios in which to use them so that you end up with rich black compost instead of a soupy sludge.

    Use Direct Composting When You Can't Have a Compost Pile

    What if you can’t have a compost heap in your yard because you don’t have room? Here is a direct composting method that can be used in any area with plants. This means you can even use it in your container gardens if you live in an apartment!

    Composting: What to Do and What Not To Do

    If you are unsure about what is safe to put in your compost heap and what you should avoid, this guide is perfect for you. Although there are several household materials that are readily compostable there are a few that can be detrimental to your compost heap.

    How to Make a Worm Compost Bin

    Check out this method of creating a worm bin. The worms will speed up the process and allow you to produce more fertilizer in a smaller area. These bins can be made for under $20 and don’t require you to be an engineer to assemble them.

    How to Make Compost Tea

    There are several approaches to get the rich organic materials to the roots of your plants but one of the best is to create a compost tea. This guide walks you through the correct ratio of compost to water and some tricks and tips to make the most of the tea you have.

    Directions to Make a Compost Tumbler from Common Materials

    So you don’t want a pile of compost smoldering in the back corner of your yard? Make your own tumbler system to contain the waste and easily aerate it. This step-by-step guide explores the construction process and gives you tips on how to handle some of the most commonly occurring problems in a composting system.

    The Composphere U-Roll Composting System

    Don’t want to build your own compost bin, that’s okay, there are several of them on the market. Here’s a review of one of the most popular reasonably priced models that you can buy. Its ingenious design allows you to aerate your compost with the simple rolling of a ball.

    A Guide to Composting Horse Manure

    How do you compost horse manure? Is it good for your garden? And what can you do with all of the extra compost you have (after all horses can produce a large amount of waste)? All of the answers are here, and more.

    About Lasagna Gardening

    With such a weird name it has to be good for the environment, right? Absolutely, but it doesn’t require adding any noodles or cheese! This guide gives you a comprehensive look at the unique (and extremely efficient) lasagna gardening method.

    Is Anaerobic or Aerobic Composting the Best Way?

    What’s the best method of composting, keeping your heap aerated or not? Does it depend on which materials you are using? How can you determine if the method you are using is right for you? This guide points you in the right direction to find all of your composting answers.

    How to Compost Bermuda Grass

    Bermuda grass is one of the most coveted of lawn grasses. It looks great but when the grass is mowed it can leave behind clippings that make the lawn look matted. Composting the grass is not only a great way to get rid of the matted look but it can also be beneficial to your garden.

    Defining Biodegradable and Comparing to Compostable

    Many times the words 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' are used synonymously even though they mean very different things. In this in depth discussion the differences are laid out and some common myths about biodegradability are exposed.

    Garden Composts: What do Organic Gardeners Prefer?

    What kind of compost do most organic gardeners prefer to use? Are there commercially available varieties that work as well as homemade versions? What ingredients yield the best compost for organic gardening? Find out in this article.

    Composting Toilets Operation and Selection

    Composting isn’t limited to the creation of organic fertilizers. One of the more popular alternative uses is the composting toilet. These are basically up-to-date versions of the pit in the ground method of anaerobic composting. This guide provides a basic understanding of this composting approach and the models that are currently available.

    Composting isn’t a new idea, just one whose time has come back around. Hopefully this 'All About Composting: Benefits & How to Tips' guide will get you started on your way to a greener life. Once you’ve learned the basics behind composting and the advantages over typical waste disposal methods it will be clear why composting is an all around winner both economically and environmentally.


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