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Compost

Store-bought worm compost

The compost will help with growing everything, from beans to lemon trees!

Your garden isn't complete without a compost. And if you are going to have a compost, are there any things that help the compost? To start off, there's two types of compost

With worms

When you start a compost with worms, it's very simple. Buy a compost built to accommodate worms (with holes in the bottom), buy some worms, and put the worms in the compost. First put some dirt, then put some newspaper on top, and then put some more dirt. Bring the worms it, and put a little bit of your food scraps in. When it gets full, set up the next section. Put your food in the top section. The worms should eventually come to the top for food.

Without worms

Composts work find without worms. All you need is a very big area to put the compost. You can buy a compost, or you can make one yourself out of gating (like here). But one thing you have to be aware of is that the compost should be at least 3 cubic feet big. Then it creates enough heat.

To be a successful compost, the temperature in the compost has to be at least 120° Farenheit. You can get to that temperature when your compost is at least 3 cubic feet. When you get bigger than that, you can get to 160°, where seeds are killed. That's useful when the soil you were composting was full of weeds before, and you're making the soil very rich. But if you have the weed seeds there, it won't be very rich for very long.

Your compost should consist mainly of wood chips, dry grass clippings, dried leaves, dried corn stalks, etc. There should be a 3 or 4:1 ratio of wood (and all things like that) to vegetables to be best. Additionally, there should be a 30:1 ratio of carbon to nitrogen, but you can't really do much about that. Of course, you can just add anything you want to your compost. Where do you find so many wood chips? Well, first, use all your grass clippings. Next, use some of the dried organic matter like dried corn stalks in the compost. The rest should be sowed into the soil, where after a few years, it'll make the soil very rich. Additionally, you can put all the dead raked leaves in, too.

It is also important to keep the soil's pH level good. Click here.

Let your compost grow for you

If you have land that you aren't using, you can throw all your compost vegetables there, lightly covering them with soil. Organic vegetables such as squash (Acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, zuchinni, tomatoes, and more) can grow right out of the discarded seeds in the ground. Onions, especially those that have been composted because of green sprouts, can produce useful flowers and seeds. Potatoes can grow more potatoes underground once ground composted.

pumpkin

The original potatoes will have disintigrated as their nutrients are used up by the sprouts, so the potatoes atached to the plant will likely be new ones. Just be wary of the differences between the tomato and potato plants for they look alike, but the fruit from a potato plant is poisonous. A way to distinguish the flowers is the color-tomatoes have yellow flowers, and potatoes have white flowers. Also. potato plants have potatoes underground. Once the plants die, they will return to the ground serving as compost. Ground gardening is the way nature grows plants, and is a money-saving reward for eating organic!

How much will it cost?

This shouldn't be very expensive unless you're doing it with worms. Worms actually don't cost very much, their shipping does. For example, 12 feet of fencing for your compost (a 3x4 rectangle) would cost $60. That's about all you need. If you Or you could get 9 feet of 6 foot wire for $63. So this isn't cheap, but it isn't expensive. If you wanted, you could dig a huge hole to put your compost, which wouldn't cost anything (unless you don't have a good shovel).

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