Compost is the richest fertilizer you can use. And you can make it yourself with a little effort. Compost consists of decaying organic material. Things like leaves, grass, and decomposable vegetable scraps can be used to make compost. These materials are layered in a container (or pile) with soil and manure or a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Composting materials should feel moist but not overly soggy. Compost should feel warm to the touch. To prevent unpleasant odors that can occur when materials decompose without oxygen, compost should be turned regularly to ensure that air is reaching the center of the pile.
At our house the main components of our compost pile are grass cuttings, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells, and dead flowers.
The following list will help you get started on your compost pile:
Beet wastesFlower petals
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