Facts About Composting

Overview

Compost is organic material that has decomposed. Completely decomposed organic material looks like soil or dirt. There is no bad odor to properly composted material. Compost can be created in a variety of ways and is a very basic form of recycling. Compost is a nutrient-rich growing medium.

Making Compost

You can purchase a variety of composting kits or use free plans available online to create your compost bin. Add organic material such as kitchen scraps, grass clippings, livestock manure, leaves, paper products and/or wood chips.

Indoor Composting

You can purchase composting kits that will fit under your kitchen sink. They have lids that do not allow odor to escape. This is convenient for apartment dwellers and people with small growing areas who prefer to use organic methods for growing plants.

Considerations

You can add worms to your compost bin if you do not notice any when you are turning it. You can also purchase a worm composting bin and worms specifically bred to compost organic material.

Benefits

Adding compost to an outdoor garden bed will increase the nutrient value of the soil. It will also increase the draining ability of heavily compacted soils such as clay. The need to fertilize plants is greatly decreased by adding compost directly to soil.

Warnings

Compost will not form if the material is too dry and there is a risk that it will become combustible. Strong odors arising from compost bins mean that the material is too wet and that beneficial bacteria and/or worms have died.

References

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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for textbroker.com. She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.