The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every by Grace Gershuny

By Grace Gershuny

The basic advisor to composting for all gardeners and enviromentally wakeful peopleComposting is speedy changing into a loved ones note. Gardeners are aware of it is find out how to feed the soil, whereas others glance to composting in an effort to get rid of grass clippings, autumn leaves, and tree trimmings. The Rodale publication of Composting offers:* Easy-to-follow directions for making and utilizing compost* necessary advice for condo dwellers, suburbanites, farmers and neighborhood leaders* Ecologically sound ideas to becoming waste disposal difficulties

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Rotted whole potatoes, chopped or shredded, are also worthwhile compost pile additions. 5 percent potash, plus other minerals. Use the potato vines, too; they can be either composted or dug back into the soil. 1 percent magnesium, plus sulfur and other minerals. RICE HULLS Often considered a waste product, rice hulls have been found to be very rich in potash and to decompose readily, increasing h u m u s content, when worked into the soil. The hulls make an excellent soil conditioner and a worthwhile addition to the compost heap.

Arsenic acid is no longer used in cotton production in California. Home composters who have access to gin trash should consider its source and the production methods used in their state before making gin trash a part of their composting program. Because of the timing of arsenic acid applications, contamination of the seeds does not occur; arsenic residue is not a concern with cottonseed meal. ) GRANITE DUST Granite dust is a natural source of potash that is superior to the chemically treated potash sold as commercial fertilizer.

7 percent potassium, and 1 percent nitrogen—a high analysis of the latter considering the woody nature of cocoa. 6 percent potassium. Untreated raw shells show a higher nutrient content. Pressed cocoa cake has also been offered as fertilizer. 9 percent. The nitrogen content of cake will vary according to its processing. If you can locate a source of oil-free and theobromine-free cocoa wastes, you'll have a useful product for mulching acidic soils. The extraction process uses lime, so the shells will help raise the pH while adding moisture-retentive organic matter.

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