30 Jun '12, 2pm

Composting 101 - The Alternative Consumer

Over the course of the summer growing season you may be looking for ways to amp up your soil to make your plants more fruitful. The best and most organic way to get top-notch soil is via composting. Avoid store-bought “enriched” soils because they contain nitrates and pesticides that can cause unhealthy algal blooms and pollution when flushed into a body of water. The steps for making a compost pile are simple — composting will not only improve your garden, but also decrease the amount of trash you generate! To make a successful compost pile, begin by placing a trash bin or more open enclosure in direct sunlight (there are also a wide variety of commercial compost bins available). The most important part of a compost pile is the carbon to nitrogen ratio, which should be about 1:1. This ensures the best conditions for the organisms that break down the compost. When look...

Full article: http://www.alternativeconsumer.com/2012/06/30/composting-...

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