Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Learn About Composting Day

Compost, if you ever heard of the term, is considered as the key ingredient in organic farming. It is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a soil amendment. And every May 29, Learn About Composting Day is celebrated, a day to grab the opportunity to "Go Green" and help the environment.

And as a part of Learn About Composting Day, TonerGreen blog, TonerGreen.com's official blog site which aims to help people to make eco-friendly choices for their home and office, is going to give you some Composting101 and the benefits it bring to our environment.

1.) What is composting?
Composting is the decomposition of plant remains (including plant and garden vegetation and vegetable scraps from the kitchen) and other once living materials that produces an earthy, dark, crumpy substance that is excellent for enriching garden soil. It is the one of the easiest ways to help our planet and put our waste to good use.

2.) The "black gold" called "compost".
Gardeners often refer to compost as "black gold" because it is rich in nutrients and add much value when put to your garden soil. Aside from improving the soil fertility and stimulating the healthy root development in plants, organic farmers prefer using compost rather than chemical fertilizers since they are composed of natural materials and are likely not to cause any chemical side-effects to their crops.

3.) What to compost?
There is a wide variety of things that can be composted at home. Here is a list of these biodegradable materials that can be composted:
  • Paper board or paper
  • Dried-out egg shells
  • Leaves, garden trimmings, lawn clippings
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Wood chips and saw dusts
4.) How to compost?
Here are some easy steps on how you compost your biodegradable materials:
  • Get a bin for your compost.
  • Fill your bin with a balanced mixture: green stuff like weeds, leaves and tea dregs (high in nitrogen), brown stuff like saw dust, cardboard and dead leaves (high in carbon) and a light sprinkling of garden soil or recently finished compost.
  • Maintain the compost damp. Moisture is important for the decomposition process.
  • Take note of your compost temperature. If its warm, that's an indication that the microbial activity in the decomposition process is going as it should be.
  • Turn the pile regularly to balance the compost.
  • Harvest your compost.
With these tips, you can easily compost those biodegradable waste in your kitchen bin.

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