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Composting: Recycling Kitchen Stuff and Yard Waste

Composting is a great way to keep garbage out of landfills and feed garden plants at the same time. It is a vital part of an organic lifestyle. Table scraps, grass clippings, raked leaves, and garden weeds can all be tossed into a pile, composted down, and used to mix with soil or as mulch on top of the soil. The way composting works is no mystery. Microbes and worms break down organic matter so that it can be used again by other plants. It is an endless cycle of plant birth, growth, death, decay, and rebirth.

A Compost Bin Photo

There are several ways to compost. The gardener can simply use standard composting procedure and build a pile of garden debris that eventually decays. To accelerate the process and control the mess, use a compost bin. The ideal system is a three stage composting system. Which composting system is employed can depend on many factors, including the size of the lot, aesthetics, time constraints, and inclination.

For most gardeners, employing a compost bin will be the most effective means to composting. For apartment dwellers vermicomposting may be deemed more appropriate. Vermicomposting involves putting scraps in a box filled with red worms, which quickly consume the scraps converting them to rich compost.

Another innovative way to use compost is making compost tea which can be sprayed directly on plant leaves to impede disease and help feed the plant.

There are not too many things that can go wrong with composting, but we address composting problems in detail. To get the full scoop on composting the reader can visit all the pages of this site by clicking on the "next page" link at the bottom of each page. To quickly access specific information on composting, choose a topic from the text above, or the navbar to be found at the top of each page.

How Composting Works