Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Green finger tips - Compost


Compost is a vital ingredient to maintaining soil nutrition and stabilizing the soil. Organic compost can be made in the kitchen, the back yard or bought from your local gardening supply store.

Luckily for us, there are incredible helpers, who volunteer for the job of making the best organic compost to be found. We just have to give them the ingredients and they happily chomp away, creating compost for us to use – free of charge. And who are these little miracle workers, you may ask. It is the earthworms, the royalty of organic compost creators.

Compost smells sweet and rich. It is usually dark brown to black in color. Organic compost helps stabilize the soil, preventing soil erosion.

Making compost is simple, but can be tricky. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

- You have to get the moisture level right. If it is too moist or too dry, it will not decompose properly.
- If it is too hot, and you inoculate the compost heap with earthworms, you will kill them.
- If you add rancid food, it will make the pile rancid.
- Oranges and potatoes are not good compost materials.

Feeding the soil correctly is the backbone of good healthy organic crops.
Make you organic compost and feed it to the soil.

here is a link to a informative brochure:
gardenafrica compost leaflet

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