WHAT CAN YOU COMPOST?

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Howdy there.

Well the sites name is Compost Rules so I figured I would talk a little about why compost does, in fact, rule. There will be many discussions on compost in this blog because compost and different soils are what keeps your plants happy and healthy.

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Plants, just like us, need proper nutrition. While sun and water do play a large part in the growth process, other nutrients are also very important. And each type of plant requires different types or amounts of water, sun and nutrients so always be sure to check on the specifics before you plop them in the ground.

Compost is pretty awesome because you are essentially taking the trash and filth you create on any given day, tossing in in a heap and encouraging bugs to eat it up. Some might call you a hippie or an environmentally friendly dude for doing this, but in all actuality it’s just helping your plants get that nutrition they need and deserve.

We’ll talk later about types of composters and some good bugs to get a good business relationship going with, but for now lets talk about the different types of trash you can start saving for a good general purpose compost.

For starters, avoid any left-over meat. I know it is near impossible to think of tossing meat out as it is, but if you do have the need throw it in the garbage. Meat will attract rodents and other animals we don’t want around.

Need to take a leak? Some studies are showing that urine, high in nitrogen, is an awesome ”ingredient” in helping plants grow tall and strong. Just be sure you hose it down afterwards – I hear a good mix is 20:1.

Other items for composting: any left-over bits of non-meat food will work, grass clippings, leaves and plant materials (small works best – keep in mind branches are going to take years to break down), hair you collect from brushes, napkins, paper bags (just tear them up into smaller pieces), crushed egg shells (these are awesome, we will talk more about that later), wood dust from your power saw projects, etc.

Just think about it this way: if it is natural, it is probably okay to toss in the pile. Just keep it small-ish for a quick and easy break-down.

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