Organic composts are considered as soil’s greatest friend. Organic compost can keep your soil healthy, and plants grow if they are added to your garden patch. It is a perfect fertiliser for your flower beds, a garden patch, house plants, other planting areas and trees that surround your property. For crops and produce, it could increase the quality of your yield, too. Now, isn’t that a wonder?
While the whole organic compost is truly a wonder of its own, it is best that we also have to take notice of the fundamentals of great organic compost.
So what is it made of?
Compost is made out of decomposed organic materials. It could either be made with materials such as twigs, leaves, vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant prunings, grass cuttings, and kitchen scraps.
How does compost improve the soil?
A compost has several things that most synthetic fertilisers don’t. A good compost adds organic matter and the matter that it produces acts like a sponge that will retain water and moisture in the soil. This function is thoroughly crucial because it prevents the water from draining down and affecting the roots.
Compost also helps in adding porosity to the soil, making water drain faster in clay soil conditions. It also protects the ground with vast numbers of beneficial microbes and forms a microscopic habitat for the bacteria.
How can you make compost on your own?
Making your compost is a tedious process and needs plenty of patience. But, if you’re up to the challenge, here’s how you make organic compost. And if you’re worried about what your neighbours will say or think about you, you can create your compost in bins.
First off, choose your bin or container. Nothing fancy. You need a sturdy and sealable container. You can select either a plastic bin, garbage can, bucket, or a specialty composting box.
Second, drill holes in the bottom of your composting bin or container. The number of holes to drill in depends on the size of your composting bin. You have to make sure that they drain evenly.
Third, add a layer of soil to your composter. The thickness of the coat of your soil will depend on how large your composter is. The good rule of thumb is to add a layer of soil about one quarter as thick as the depth of your container.
Fourth, spread shredded newspaper on top of the soil. The paper helps absorb excess water and helps speed up the composting process. Don’t forget to cover your composter. Only then can you add the compost agents (food scraps, leaves, etc.)
If you want to skip this whole process of making organic compost and want to buy it out from the market, contact us at Labrador Landscape. We can surely help you out in this department.