07 May '12, 9am

The Do's and Don'ts of Backyard Composting

It’s International Compost Awareness Week and a perfect opportunity to “Give Back to the Earth” in the form of rich, healthy compost that will nourish it and your garden. Here are some do's and don'ts to consider for backyard composting success. Why Compost? Finished compost is a free soil amendment and fertilizer for the garden. It is mild and won't burn plants like chemical fertilizers. By adding compost you'll improve the overall texture of your soil enabling it to retain and drain water better. Choose a Compost Bin In the DIY Compost Bins post I collected some nice examples of homemade compost bins on the Internet. The post on Compost Bins for Small Spaces showcased three commercially available compost bins for those who weren't born with the DIY gene and don't mind spending money. Compost Bins as Pets. Think of your compost bin as a pet. This will do two things: it wi...

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