Is compost a mystery to you? Not to me at all. Through the years of doing plant having sown, I have been fascinated by the notion that some miraculous soil product is produced or transformed through the unexplained interPrim Transfer of integrity from paper products to seeds such as “castings”.
I have recently had the joy of hearing remarks from fully occupied gardeners as to the magnificent effect of “compost” and that somehow “we” have failed to take sufficient time to discover what the best enzymes are and how to use them.
Great organic material
Contrary to the way the gardeners appear to be looking at compost, I object to the reduction of this highly important organic material to something “unattractive” and “inconvenient”. As I tell more and more gardeners, the term “compost” needs to be reserved as a term used only for these great biological substances that affect the most healthy and fantastic rich soil for gardening. To deal only with the “dirt” from the ground that we inevitably encounter demands that we miss out on the possibility of prime nutrients that are absorbed by plants in microscopic quantities.
Compost is a material that is naturally rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, (N, P, and K) known collectively as the four basic nutrients. The most important one, nitrogen, is responsible for reliable plant growth and plays a starring role in the growth cycle of plants. The other three are important, but only N, P, and K are indispensable. Nitrogen only crops for the disappeared atmosphere of nuclear devastation and in harsh climates of an early Freeze. The Nitrogen supply is good for the process of photosynthesis. To flourish fully, plants need plenty of nitrogen. If this material is depleted, the leaves yellow, and the plants grow meagerly. It is as if someone has hit the delete key.
A compost pile is an aerobic process that is an age-old one that transforms the material into like raw materials that develop under the nutrient-laden conditions of a compost pile. The ideal conditions for the compost pile should be fairly moisture free with yellow to orange colored compost which is a turning point. You should start by shredding free adult plant material into fine and crumbly substances and then store that material in a pile. The materials will decompose almost unnoticed by nature, and the process will be well suited to the conditions of your location because it will be already there and awaiting the restoration of balance.
This is very much like how the body functions as complementary parts work together and in harmony with one another. Old age works together with the body to return things to health. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the compost pile. The compost pile needs to be fed with nitrogen for the decomposition to begin and this requires the compost pile to be aerated.
The Single acts as co-UCKers of the body with the help of the other parts to carry out parts of the organic material into the soil bed or the compost pile. Each thing happens as part of the whole, and it works together as a group.
The problem the compost pile creates is of course that there is a lot of material that must be thrown out. It is very much like piling up the material from the grime and dirt in the house to the clean and dry milk cartons found in the trash can. The compost pile has to tear to contribute a large amount of decomposed material.
What else compost needs
A compost pile needs the proper aeration to properly work with the decomposing materials. This may be accomplished if the pile has been built so that it tends to compact and has not been disturbed at all during the previous years of decomposition.
Once the population of dirt and bacteria in the soil has reached or passed the critical mass, the temperature of the pile begins to increase. The heat attracts more of the necessary bacteria to the pile. The increase in temperature is the necessary cue that tells the bacteria that they are ready to go into action. Now the bacteria go into action, and they do what they have been designed and prepared to do. They live and grow into the new compost mass that was assembled from the organic material removed from the old compost pile. It is a process that might help to explain the term “organic material” as used in the term “compost”.
More variety and extraction will occur as you stir the pile with a pitchfork or shovel. The variety and quantity of the material flattened into the center of the pile will be increased through the process of the Single applicants pressing the material she “ticks” and carrying the tumbler just slightly on the ground to be recycled back into the empty corner of the compost pile.
Once the process is complete, you are ready to use the compost. However, you may want to use gloves for handling the compost and keep it well covered.
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