Do-It-Yourself Organic Fertilizer

Ever feel guilty about throwing away vegetable and fruit peels, rinds or scraps? 

Your intuition may tell you there’s a better way to handle these leftovers. 

Composting is a great way to make use of organic matter that you would otherwise trash. 

Building a compost heap is relatively easy, and it will continually give back to your garden and the environment. 

According to California’s CalRecycle program, the four necessary composting ingredients are: 

  1. Nitrogen (from sources like grass clippings or those throwaway veggie scraps)
  2. Carbon (from sources like sawdust or twigs)
  3. Water
  4. Air 

Once your compost is at the ideal level of decomposition (uniformly dark brown and crumbly), spread it on your garden to give plants a nutrient boost. 

For Your Organic Bookshelf: Let It Rot! The Gardener’s Guide to Composting

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  • utari  July 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    thanks for share the ingredients of good compost.
    nice post.

  • markaw  August 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Compost a gardeners delight vegetable matter left overs from the kitcheneven left overs from cafe`s Etc, If the pig swill guys have`nt beten you to it,
    Just to think that not many gardeners take advantage of this never ending supply of good organic matter for your compost pile,
    Good article

  • Composting Bin  September 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t know how much my wife and I throw away that we could be recycling into compost. Almost every day, fruit and vegetable peels just go into the garbage. Every year, we throw away a lot of leaves and grass that we could be using.

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