Composting: Free Natural Fertilizer

If you grow anything at all (even grass!), then composting is one of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your plants. It’s natural, free, good for the environment and wastes almost nothing.

Plants naturally shed seeds, leaves, etc, and feed themselves by absorbing from the soil the nutrients that the waste leaves behind.

You can “shed” all kinds of materials to be broken down for your plants yourself, including fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea leaves, eggshells, grass, straw; and even paper.

Below is a chart of materials you can compost and how to mix them.

After initially mixing compost, adding earthworms helps break down natural materials into substance with more nutrient quality for your plants.

You’ll need to stir the compost, and give it plenty of air and water to keep the biological processes going.

Here’s a nifty site that tells you more about composting; including methods for aeration, watering, mixing, uses for humus (soil-like matter composting creates), and other information.

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