Composting…

Someone you know is itching to get her hands in the soil!! I can’t wait to get a garden started!! Furthermore, I am determined to have an organic garden. I’ve already started saving vegetable trimming for a composter. I’m actually shopping for “just the right unit.” ~~ I like the following article and copied it from information on the Internet. ~~ I like the article BUT won’t be ordering from Australia (LOL).

Is your New Year’s resolution to be environmentally aware? Have you decided that it’s time to start making an effort and to stop depending on refuse collections? If so, then Combined Harvesters Ltd is here to help.

At Combined Harvesters Ltd we stock a variety of composters in a number of sizes. Whether you need a small compact indoor kitchen composter or a more heavy duty 900 Litre garden composter, we have it all.

Firstly though, what exactly is composting? How do kitchen waste items, plant cuttings and other biodegradable leftovers become nutrient rich compost?

North West Compost Supplies – What is composting?

Composting is the natural breaking down of organic ‘green’ materials by microorganisms. These microorganisms, bacteria and fungi among many others, feed off of the organic waste and break it down back in to its component parts. These component parts include; Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen & Water.

In the composting process, it is necessary to sufficiently aerate your humus (the stage between organic waste and compost) every few days, this has traditionally been done using garden tools such as a fork or by utilising the natural burrowing behaviour of worms. HOWEVER … the composters supplied by Combined Harvesters Ltd are specially designed with specifically placed air inlet holes meaning you can ‘Fill & Forget’ your composter for prolonged periods of time.

North West Compost Supplies – What is compost used for?

Compost is used worldwide as a natural ‘organic’ fertiliser. The recycled green waste contains everything a plant needs to grow and remain healthy. Compost not only improves the appearance of plants and flowers it produces healthy sustainable fruit and vegetables.

North West Compost Supplies – What can or can’t I compost?

You Can Compost

Nettles
Grass cuttings
Raw vegetable peelings from your kitchen
Tea bags and leaves, coffee grounds
Young green weed growth (avoid weeds with seeds)
Soft green prunings
Animal manure from herbivores e.g. cows and horses
Poultry manure and bedding
Cardboard eg. cereal packets and egg boxes
Waste paper and junk mail, including shredded confidential waste
Cardboard tubes
Glossy magazines – although it is better for the environment to pass them on to your local doctors or dentists’ surgery or send them for recycling
Newspaper – although it is better for the environment to send your newspapers for recycling
Tough hedge clippings
Woody prunings
Old bedding plants
Bracken
Sawdust
Wood shavings
Fallen leaves can be composted but the best use of them is to make leafmould
Wood ash, in moderation
Hair, nail clippings
Egg shells (crushed)
Natural fibres eg. 100% wool or cotton

You Can’t Compost

Meat
Fish
Cooked food
Coal & coke ash
Cat litter
Dog faeces
Disposable nappies
Anything non-biodegradable will not turn to compost and anything that may rot. For example meat should not be placed in your composter as it will start to smell before it can be broken down. Common sense should be used when determining what items to compost.

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As of this hour (8:30 PM), this is my favorite.

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Garden TowerAs of this hour (9:30 PM), the deed is done!! Amazon had a used dual chamber composter BUT  the description led me to believe the packaging is battered and merchandise is without breaks or dents. Hey, a new unit would probably look “used” in a few months of Texas sun and heat?! ~~ Next Internet shopping trip: Garden Tower.

2 comments on “Composting…

  1. Julie says:

    I have a degree in Horticulture and am a former 10-year resident of Austin. Be careful container gardening in Texas, most especially the shallow pots depicted in the tower garden, and don’t spend a lot of money on them as it gets very hot early and long into the fall. When you container plant in that kind of heat, plants cannot get enough water to flourish and grow due to restricted root growth that’s susceptible to intense evaporation even when applying multiple daily waterings, mulching, and fertilizing, and they become listless and non-productive, prone to diseases and insects. The growing season is best February to mid-May and mid-September through early December, most years, and you’ll find trying to grow anything meaningful June through most of September is usually a waste of time, money and effort. I’d be more than happy to help with any questions you might have and happy gardening!

  2. Julie says:

    Here is a link to a garden radio personality out of Austin, one of my favorite radio shows of all time.
    http://www.naturalgardeneraustin.com/john-radio-dark.html. Maybe you can stream his show on Saturdays over the internet and his website has lots of good information.

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