Compost

Making Bacteria-heavy Compost Yourself

Making Bacteria-heavy Compost Yourself

Bacteria-heavy composts Composts with a low C:N ratio, i.e., increased nitrogen content, are usually bacteria-heavy, while fungus-heavy composts use feedstocks with an increased C:N ratio, i.e., low nitrogen content. In most cases, bacteria dominate in purchased composts. This is partly due to the fact that purchased composts are mature. In addition, the compost is frequently …

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How To Make Mushroom Compost Yourself

Fungus-heavy compost Often one has more difficulty making a fungus-heavy compost tea than a bacteria-heavy one. If the goal is a fungus-heavy compost tea, here’s what to consider: Fungi are the first decomposers of organic material. For this reason, fungi are increasingly found in immature composts (fungi are no longer active at temperatures above 65°). …

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Why Is My Compost Wet?

Why Is My Compost Wet?

Water is absolutely necessary for composting, also called rotting. Without a moist environment within a compost pile, the decomposition processes would not take place. However, if the compost is too wet, the system tilts and rot sets in. The directly recognizable consequence and a sure indicator for a too wet compost is the smell: The …

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Should You Water Compost?

Should You Water Compost?

Composting is the process of transforming organic materials, such as kitchen and garden waste, into a natural product that is both good for the environment and useful to farmers. When done correctly, composting produces rich humus material that can be used as a garden fertilizer or soil amendment. To produce quality compost, one must follow …

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Can You Compost Moldy Bread?

Can You Compost Moldy Bread?

Bread can go on the compost list because it provides fertile soil there. From a purely horticultural standpoint, bread can go on the compost list, as can small pieces of untreated wood, because it is organic material that degrades well. For other reasons, however, it’s not a good idea to bury bread in the garden …

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Mineral Mulching Benefits

Mineral Mulching Benefits

The advantages of mineral mulch Mineral mulch, like most mulches, protects the soil from bad weather and more particularly from the effect of rainfall, keeps the plants cool during the summer and helps limit the development of weeds. But it has two other useful advantages: On the one hand, it allows you to obtain a …

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Should You Mulch With Pine Bark?

Should You Mulch With Pine Bark?

Pine bark is one of the best-selling mulch formulas in our country. Easy to find in garden centers, it is used in the beds at the foot of shrubs and other ornamental plants. What is bark mulch? Bark mulch is made of maritime pine bark, as its name indicates. It is generally produced in the …

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Why Mulch Your Soil?

Why Mulch Your Soil?

Mulching saves time, energy and watering, but it also feeds the soil (and therefore the plants), because, as any good gardener knows, the soil is alive. Soil life and symbiotic relationships The soil is far from being sterile. Wood that has fallen to the ground, organic mulch or RCW produce, when they decompose, fungi whose …

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