Peat Moss The Benefits and Disadvantages

Peat Moss The Benefits and Disadvantages

Peat Moss The Benefits and Disadvantages Peat moss is likely to be discussed by gardeners. The use of peat moss in gardening can be very beneficial to your plants, so it is important to know what it is, how it works, and how to use it effectively. Peat moss is used for many purposes, such…

Different Types Of Fertiliser
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Different Types Of Fertiliser

Different Types Of Fertiliser Soil amendments are made by adding fertiliser to the soil but there are different types of fertilisers. There is bulky organic fertiliser, such as cow manure, bat guano, bone meal, organic compost and green manure crops. And then there is also chemical fertiliser which is also referred to as inorganic fertiliser and is made up with…

Nitrogens Everywhere and Not a Carbon in Sight

Nitrogens Everywhere and Not a Carbon in Sight

Nitrogens Everywhere, Not a Carbon in Sight! We typically typically tell people how to compost using the example of leaves for carbon (browns) and grass clippings for nitrogen (greens).  This is an accurate, easy-to-understand example for most homeowners to follow because leaves and grass clippings are common garden waste. In real life, however, an abundance of leaves…

What You Can and Cant Compost

What You Can and Cant Compost

What You Can and Can’t Compost All appropriate compost ingredients are organic.  Organic refers to matter that is a part of, or comes from, something that is (or was) alive.  In other words, organic refers to plants, animals and their naturally-occurring by-products. Compost Only Organic Materials Nature has a cycle for animals and plants.  When they die, they decay.  Their decaying forms…

Calculation of Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratio (C:N)

Calculation of Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratio (C:N)

Calculation of Carbon to Nitrogen Ratio (C:N) This guide is for those of you out there that want to calculate the Carbon to Nitrogen Ratio, this is a simplified version. We have a more simplified version in our creating a compost heap guide. Organic matter is not solely carbon or solely nitrogen. All live organic…

Trench Composting – How To Guide

Trench Composting – How To Guide

Trench Composting How To Guide Trench Composting is method used by individuals who have gardens arranged in rows. If your garden is arranged some other way (1 x 1 foot squares, etc.) you may adapt this system to something that makes sense for your arrangement. Because this method is usually used in vegetable gardens, we…

Build a Compost Heap Step by Step

Build a Compost Heap Step by Step

Building a Compost Heap, Step by Step Guide So you want to make your own compost, that’s great. There are two types of compost heaps that you can create: “Slow” or “Cold” Compost Heap “Hot” Compost Heap What’s the difference? Well, a cold compost heap will take around 1  to 2 years to make compost,…

How to Use a Compost Thermometer

How to Use a Compost Thermometer

How To Use A Compost Thermometer Compost thermometers are not required in order to have a successful hot compost heap, but they are very helpful if you are experimenting with ways to increase the heat of your heap.  If you build two piles that are exactly the same except that one has activator and one…

What is Compost and Composting?

What is Compost and Composting?

What is Compost and Composting? Compost The wonderful smell of a forest floor is the smell of humus, or completely rotted plants and animals. Decomposed organic matter is compost. The original organic matter is no longer visible and you have rich, black, sweet-smelling, crumbly, soil-like substance.  In a deciduous forest, for example, leaves drop to the…

Worm Composting- Step By Step Guide To Vermicompost

Worm Composting- Step By Step Guide To Vermicompost

Vermicompost – Your Guide to Vermicomposting / Worm Composting If you’re thinking of getting into worm composting, you’ve probably got a pile of questions, maybe even a little trepidation. Worm composting may seem like a strange concept, but it’s really just another form of composting. The worms are actually doing the work of breaking down…