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Composting The Right Way

A compost bin in a vegetable garden provides a handy location for dumping weeds and excess vegetation. Since it is constructed of wooden slats, it allows plenty of air flow.

A compost bin in a vegetable garden provides a handy location for dumping weeds and excess vegetation. Since it is constructed of wooden slats, it allows plenty of air flow.

Mother Nature has composted without human intervention for eons. She accomplishes this feat slowly as fungi, bacteria, worms, and other critters digest the organic materials. (Organic materials are anything that has been alive.) Gardeners can hurry up the process by following some simple guidelines.

Why Compost?

•     Compost provides a balanced supply of nutrients and micronutrients for your landscape. You’ll be able to eliminate or greatly reduce use of chemical fertilizers.

•    Compost improves soil, whether it’s sandy or clayey, with its rich hum- us, worms, and abundant microbes. When your soil becomes a living ecosystem, your plants will thrive.

•    When you recycle yard and kitchen waste by composting, you reduce the strain on Florida’s landfills. And if you would have flushed the kitchen scraps through your disposal, composting them instead reduces strain on your septic or sewer system. It helps make your landscape more “Florida Friendly.

Read the entire article in the May 2010 issue