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How to Compost - a simpler way to compost in 4 easy steps *New Article*

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Learning how to compost shouldn't be complicated. Here is a simplified guide for learning how to compost...

If the conditions are right in your compost pile with a good balance of green material to brown material the pile breaks down quickly and efficiently. Here's how to make learning how to compost so much easier. It only takes a few simple steps to get started...

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Worm Compost: A beginner's guide to making great compost with worms

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Worms are nature's ultimate recyclers—taking garbage in and turning out black gold

Worm composting, also known as vermicomposting, is the process of transforming organic waste using worms to create fine black granular compost known as worm castings or worm compost. Rich in phosphorus, nitrogen, and other nutrients and trace minerals, worm compost is a great source of slow-release nutrients for your plants or lawn and is an excellent all round organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. Worm composting is a very convenient way of composting for apartment dwellers and anyone else who would have difficulty maintaining an outdoor compost pile. Here’s how to get started...

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10 Tips for Making Better Compost

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Here are the top 10 ways we know of for making compost in less time and of better quality than ever before.

Covering the basic principles of making good compost, the best kind of compost bin, an organic activator that helps to speed up the process and some lesser known tips and "secret ingredients" to super-charge your compost pile!

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Fast Compost: Making Compost in 14 days with the Berkeley Method

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A really fast method of composting was introduced by Robert D Raabe, a professor of plant pathology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Commonly known as the "Berkeley method" or "fast composting", this method produces finished compost in as little as 14 to 21 days.

Fast composting produces a higher quality compost in less time than traditional methods. The finished product contains a higher nutrient value becauase nutrients are not lost to leaching from rainfall and long-term exposure to the elements...

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Composting Guide for Beginners: Making Compost The Easy Way

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A 6 step composting primer that covers everything from choosing a bin to getting the most out of your finished compost.

With little more than fallen leaves and kitchen scraps you can make dark, humus-rich compost to add to your house plants and garden.

Enormous benefits can be had by adding just a little compost to your soil. Adding compost improves soil structure, aeration and water retention. It also adds important micronutrients and increases the bacterial activity in the soil.

It's no wonder that so many gardeners refer to compost as "Black Gold" or "Gardeners' Gold". There's simply nothing better you can do for your soil than ...

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Making a Better Compost Pile

Learn how to make a better compost pile that heats up quickly and breaks down more thoroughly. The result is simple - better compost in less time.

Here are some highlights:

  • Materials: A better way to ensure that your compost pile has the ideal carbon to nitrogen ratio...
  • Protein: The forgotten magic compost ingredient with some surprising sources...
  • Moisture: Why moisture is important and why many composters get it wrong...

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Testing Compost for Maturity

Is your compost really finished? Unfinished compost can tie up available soil nitrogen and inhibit seed germination. These simple tests will help determine if your compost has matured and is ready to use.

Plastic Bag Test

Take a handful of compost from the interior of the pile and moisten it well. Put the compost in a plastic bag and seal it. Keep the bag sealed at room temperature for five to seven days ...

Germination Test

This next test of compost maturity is a bit more work but is also more ...

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Measuring Moisture in Your Compost Pile

Acheiving the correct moisture content is an important factor in keeping a compost pile working quickly and efficiently.

A moisture content of between 50-60% is desirable in an active compost pile but how many of us know how to measure moisture? Sure, there are highly technical ways to calculate moisture content, but most of us are not interested in anything so complicated.

Here is a simple, time-tested way to judge the moisture content in your compost. First, take a handful of compost from the center of your pile and ...

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