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Start a spring compost bin in Garland

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With the beginning of spring just weeks from now, it’s time for Garland gardeners to consider reconstituting our native black clay with some homemade compost. Your plants will thank you later. Starting a compost collection requires minimal work, a little effort and with a bit of daily tending, will produce results in about a month. Today we’ll concentrate on materials for collection so that by April, your compost heap will be ready for use.
The idea behind compost collecting can easily be seen from beneath the hidden pile of leaves that remained over winter. These materials, saturated and compact, eventually break down, thus return to the earth refurbishing the soil and providing a nutrient rich medium for new growth. Establish a zone in the yard for the compost heap and prepare a bin for material collection. This is where the program finds it biggest expense.
Compost bin manufacturers make a variety of containers for home use. More often, the bigger the better. You’ll find that your compost heap will return about half its original size. We will look into bins and systems in the future. Start collecting your materials now.
What to Compost.
Just about everything that comes out of the kitchen provides use in the compost pile with the exception of animal byproducts, including dairy, grease, bones and meat. Slow to break down and an attractant for rodents, animal products will have your neighbors calling the city. Aim for a 50-50 mix of brown and green materials. So here we go:
Fruit and vegetable scraps: Banana peels work great adding potassium to your compost. Broken leaves. The leftover pile that’s collected from the winter makes a great base.
Coffee grounds. Filter and all - the paper will break down. Tea bags as well.
Paper shreds. Once its been through the shredder, the small pieces add to the heap.
Grass clippings. Return the first mow of the season into something useful.
Manure. Avoid dog and kitty droppings - go for horse, cow or preferably, chicken to add the needed nitrogen to the mix. To expedite the composting process, break your scraps into pieces 1/2 inch or smaller so that the working organisms turn your pile. We’ll examine more on composting in soon to come articles. Keep digging.

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