Falling For Composting – Part 1 of 2

Regina Shares Her Two Part Compost Series
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Falling for Composting

By Regina M. Dlugokencky: Garden Coach
Itʼs November and like most of us gardeners, you might be one of those that did not get to every thing on your gardening “to-do” list. Maybe it was building those raised beds, edging that border, planting those perennials. Whatever it was, the autumn is still a good time to put your nose to the grindstone and get gardening!

Okay, with the shift in daylight hours you may be more inclined to crawl under the blankets and settle into much-deserved winter hibernation, and I wouldnʼt blame you. While you are snug as a bug under the covers, your garden is bare, desolate, and woefully in need of a blanket, one made of compost (or at the very least, some autumn leaves).

If you donʼt already compost, here are a few great reasons why you should, and the fall is the perfect season to begin!

Black Gold or Why Compost is King
Compost is an amazing thing. It is teeming with micro and macro organisms, bacteria and fungi. According to the website Compost Heaven (http://www.compostheaven.com/compost.html) one single teaspoon of the stuff is inhabited by “up to a billion bacteria, 440-900 feet of fungal hyphae, and 10,000 to 50,000 protozoa.” Dubbed by soil science experts as “micro-herds,” they work together to breakdown organic matter, recycle nutrients, and create humus. Humus (not to be confused with Hummus) is a dark colored, super stable, nutrient rich material that is essential to soil fertility.

High quality compost is among the best things you can work into your garden beds; it can remediate soil, improve drainage as well as increase nutrient and water retention. It has also been found to help suppress diseases and pests, and best of all reduce the need for fertilizers. Add to these reasons the concept of keeping valuable organic “feedstock” such as vegetable scraps, grass clipping, leaves (yes leaves!) out of landfill and youʼve got some powerful incentives to begin to compost yourself.

Compost Happens
Itʼs just a matter of time when your compost is ready, and from personal experience, one could layer your compost up, sprinkle it with water every week or so, and get compost even if one never turns it. Not even once! With time, hose hardworking micro-herds will do all the work. If you give them a little more oxygen (by turning your pile), then theyʼll work a bit faster. If not, then theyʼll work at a natural pace–either way youʼll end up with some amazing rich compost in the end.

Build it and They Will Come
Similar to making a seven layer dip, but with a lot less effort, a compost pile or bin is easier to make than you might otherwise think. All you need is a space that is reasonably close to a water source, out of the blazing sun (part shade is perfered), and out of sight. A four by four space is the perfect dimension to start your pile, bin, or what have you. Bigger is not better, so if you think youʼll really be digging this composting thing, plan your space for two or three. A four by four bin will build up sufficient heat to get your compost cooking, while bins of larger or smaller dimensions will not.Soil Food Web Composting For Breast Cancer

The “structure” you use can be as low tech as simply alternately piling up each layer in a mound, or you can get fancier with sides made out of wire, wood or cinder blocks or buy prefab compost bins that neaten things up. There are many types of bins to choose from, but for a long-term investment, avoid wooden bins, which (by necessity are untreated) will eventually rot. If you worry about rats or other varmints, you can reduce their presence by keeping those foods on the “donʼt” list out of your compost and by keeping the pile wet like a wrung out sponge. Remember to bury the latest kitchen contribution within the pile and adding some compost from last season or ordinary garden soil, to make it less appealing.

If you think about it, even a rat wouldnʼt find a damp space like your compost pile hospitable enough to take residence in. Also remember that rats and all other four legged critters we share this planet with are an integral part of the food web. Owls, hawks and the other wild critters that prey on them will keep the odd rat or two in check with no problem.

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  1. really helpful & it helped me out a lot.


  2. Well written article., a pleasure to read! Great tips on on how maintain compost pile.



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