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From waste to garden gold

for a Long time, the compost had a not too good reputation. A stinking pile of it that should be hidden in the garden as well. So much in advance: Is the Material on the compost heap in a good Balance, smell it. Thanks to a revival of the garden movement out of the cities and an ever-more attention to find organic garden scene of the compost undergoes an increasingly rehabilitation. There are now compost forums and courses. And there are a bunch that are constructed so artfully, and yet functional, that you should go through smoothly as Land-Art.

Well-matured compost is as a soil conditioner Gold value. For healthy plants it needs in addition to water and light a soil with a high biological activity. The latter is promoted with the application of compost. It is therefore important to feed the soil and thus, the myriad of soil organisms, because these ensure that the nutrients are chemically designed so that plants can absorb and grow.

in Addition, the compost is part of the circular economy: a kitchen and garden waste, the valuable nutrients contained find back in a modified Form in the soil. And, not least, conserve the plant Manager not only the environment but also your wallet: Who has not disposed of its green waste, simply, less money is available for garbage fees and for the purchase of fertilizer.


In a garden, the compost in a shady spot is best. There are different ways to compost: in containers (Silos and grid), or it is applied a so-called rent, or a watchman on the open ground. So he dries out or in the rain too much water, it is advisable that the compost cover.

Important is the quality and composition of the material: You should be crushing on hand-long pieces, and more stängeliges, dry Material as wet Rüstabfälle use. Compost science speaks, in this respect, the C/N ratio, which describes the proportions of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N). Kitchen wastes have a high nitrogen content and more water in the tissue. Garden waste often have a high carbon content and less water in the tissue.

Lands too much nitrogen-containing Material on the compost heap starts to stink of the heap, which means that the composting process will take no good course. Then more dry Material must be mixed. It has too little nitrogen, the miraculous conversion of waste takes place-containing Material on the heap, in the sweet-smelling, crumbly compost.

compost newbies need to experiment with the composition of mostly something, until it works. As a rule of thumb a C/N ratio of 20:1 is considered, this should not be seen depending on the location too strict. And as absurd as it may sound: The past heat of the summer has resulted in many of the gardens, the compost had a heap of to were dry and cast to the composting process to maintain.

Not Cooked

Not to compost cooked plant foods or animal origin. Let alone plastic or metal. Also not recommended seed stands and root residues of persistent numerous of weed species, as well as with late blight-infected Tomato plants or potatoes. Also ash has lost in the compost of nothing, these can contain heavy metals and other pollutants.

an essential soil conditioner.

A compost can continually be within a maximum of six months built up. Then he is left in peace. Admittedly, the means of composting a lot of work, especially if you will be alone made. Therefore, it is recommended to make the crushing and layers as a social act in a slip.

the garden waste for the time being subject to a separate pile gather and then a composting happening convened: The crushing, the other layers makes the bunch, the Rest of the coffee and cake. Such a beautiful bunch, the-the work is created in an instant, from the mountains of garden waste. Because with a balanced C/N ratio, all sorts of creatures – compost making worms, invisible microorganisms, fungi, and bacteria live, to work and transform the waste heat into a nutrient fertilizer. The smaller the components, the quicker the composting and the finer the compost.

Metered application

After three to six months the composting process should be complete and the compost is Mature, it may be covered even longer before slumbering until ready to use. He that the dosage can be in the spring applied, a maximum of two blades per square meter for vegetables, perennials need less. More would be over-fertilization, and would cause more harm than bring Benefit.


Created: 30.12.2018, 15:04 PM

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