An All Organic Compost Accelerator

Organic gardening is a very enjoyable hobby and it is highly profitable too. Not only you get to enjoy just almost the same activities you would do if your have a flower garden, you can also enjoy the advantages of saving a lot from your daily food budget because the food you usually had to buy from the market is right there in your very own backyard.

There is a sure way that you can make most of the benefits you can gain from your organic garden and that is by making sure that your crops, would actually grow to be healthy and full of life.

Aside from the usual watering and pruning you can take another good step by coming up with a compost pile. A good compost pile is supposed to feed your plants and crops the necessary nutrients they need. However, most of the times, a compost pile can take a very long period of time before it gets to be usable. This would then be when a compost accelerator steps into the picture.

You guessed it, there are so many of the substances you need to come up with a good compost accelerator in the market. But, the good news is, that the substances you need to have a compost accelerator can readily be found right in your home and in your backyard.

What actually accelerates the usability of compost has all something to do with the proportions of the substances you put in your compost keeper or your compost pit, plus the consistent effort you give it to make sure that the proportion is well-maintained therein.

Basically, there are but two important nutrients that you should be sure to have in your compost and these are carbon and nitrogen. Carbon can easily be generated from the usual yard trimmings such as dried leaves, twigs, and wood scrapings; even from paper material waste. Nitrogen can readily be derived from food scraps especially those from leguminous vegetables, from coffee grounds; and of course another good source of nitrogen would be barn wastes such as the very common chicken and horse manure. Paper shreds can also be a added along with eggshell but make sure to have them in bits before putting them in.

The best ratio of these two nutrients would be a single part of nitrogen to three parts carbon. This ratio allows efficient microorganism feeding that will provide your little friends the ample energy they would need to get their little bodies working in the compost to speed things up for you.

Worms are but another set of friends which will be more than welcomed by your microbe friends to join their little compost party. Red worms would be best for the purpose. They will consume the materials you place in the compost and excrete them out as usable matter sooner.

As helpful little creatures your micro and wiggly friends are, they need a huge a hand from you, do your part by making sure their compost home is moist enough and in a temperature that will make a feasible thriving environment for them. You can do the former by watering the compost to a moist and the latter you can do by getting a shovel and stirring the compost every other day. Also when you do the stirring, the compost gets oxygenated and thus will not give off a bad smell.

Also, spare your little friends from the vain efforts of churning into materials such as bones, and even those from treated wood and paper materials and most of all from wastes that would turn the compost from a neutral environment to an acidic one such as dairy products and fruit rinds and peelings like those from oranges and lemons.

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Credits:

MooreNokes for the Photo

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~ by Qat on March 28, 2011.

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