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Making compost

Mar 15th 2013, 03:17

JerEne

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Hello,

I have been trying to make compost to use in the garden. In our garden we have lots of old bay leaves. What is the best to use for compost and how to make compost for beginners?

Your video and commentary for the mid of March was useful,
Thank you,
JerEne
Mar 18th 2013, 10:39

buntysblog

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All leaves should be collected and stored to rot down separately from other vegetative matter because they contain a lot of lignum, see blog 24, but will eventually become leaf mould which is good for making potting compost and mulching acid loving plants , For info on making a compost heap see blog 01 and 23
Bunty
Apr 23rd, 03:06

bountysblog

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To make a good compost you must first have a good composter* in your garden where you can throw green waste.

By filling up the composter, the compost will take shape automatically, packed to the maximum the green waste for a better functioning of the decomposition process, you can add and it is still advisable to use a compost activator on this link, which will accelerate the process.

Think that the compost needs to be in contact with the soil, because it is a big source of microorganisms that are essential for your compost.

The best place for a compost heap is in the shade because a too hot situation will dry it out. Remember to water it if it is too dry and to cover it to avoid leaching.

The compost will become mature after 6 months between spring and summer, however the decomposition process is much longer between fall and winter which varies between 6 to 9 months.