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What to use for making compost ?

More and more these days people are learning to make compost in their home backyards instead of buying it from markets. This compost is used to grow plants in gardens and lush, green lawns because compost provides nutrition to the plants and yields good quality of product in a short amount of time.

Compost is produced using different methods like kitchen composting and garden composting. Kitchen composting and garden composting are both great means to make good quality compost in your home using different composting techniques. Let's discuss what to use for kitchen composting first.

Kitchen Composting

Kitchen compost is mostly made from fruits and vegetables Kitchen Compost

Leftover foods and kitchen waste are used in kitchen composting, but kitchen compost is mostly made from fruits and vegetables. So, instead of throwing away these food items one can utilize them to yield a good quality of kitchen compost. As far as where to create the compost, it's better to use a composter, a proper container, to collect these food items and decompose them. While it can be placed indoors, it's best to place the kitchen composting bin outside of the house, on a porch or near the garden for ease of use.

There are some food items that should be avoided in kitchen composting such as meat, fish, bones and oily foods because they produce foul odors and can be more prone to attract flies and rodents. Some kitchen composting methods use red worms placed inside of the composting bin. The worms can transform food waste present in kitchen composting into a product, which is nutrient-rich forming and can be utilize as fertilizer.

Using Green Waste For Garden Composting Produces Energy As It Composts

Another method of producing compost for the yard or garden actually utilizes the green waste from a garden, and that's known as garden composting. One can use flowers, weeds, hedge trimmings, dead leaves and lawn clippings from the lawn and garden for garden composting. The compost pile containing green waste helps create a greener and healthier environment. In fact, garden composting is a good means of producing compost from green waste and making the surrounding environment clean and free of bacteria that are produced by the uncontrolled rotting of different organic wastes.

Do bear in mind that direct sunlight can dry out any garden composting operation, so it is better to put it under some shade. Also, green waste produces energy as it composts and therefore actually heats itself. By using brown compost materials in addition to the green waste in garden composting, it's possible to reduce the pile's heat slow down the composting process to an ideal rate. Brown compost includes items such as dry leaves, hay, dry grass and straw as well as sawdust. In the proper amounts, when added to green waste, brown waste is actually quite useful in creating high quality compost.

Combine Kitchen Composting With Green Waste To Get High Quality Compost

Green waste can produce energy during the composting process Green Waste

Garden composting and kitchen composting can also be done together. However, it is best to tackle a garden composting/kitchen composting hybrid heap by creating it in layers.
For example, first add leaves and grass cuttings, then add some soil and then add a layer of kitchen scraps. Whichever method is chosen, all methods are very useful in yielding high quality compost over time.

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What to use when doing kitchen composting & garden composting