Green Mountain Garlic

Black Gold: Making your own Compost

The garlic is planted and it’s time to start thinking about next season. Aside from enjoying winter, there is something you can do to get ready for next season: compost.

One of the keys to great organic garlic is great soil. Great soil, or even good soil, is not always at your finger tips, but it can be created using great organic compost. You can purchase organic compost for your home garden, but it can be more empowering to make your own.

Start now and you’ll have beautiful, nourishing compost for your garlic crop and vegetable gardens next year.

According to “The key to successful composting is maintaining a balance between carbon and nitrogen materials in the compost bin. A healthy compost pile should have about two-thirds carbon (brown) materials and one-third nitrogen (green) materials. The carbon-rich materials provide aeration to speed up the composting process, eliminate foul odors and help produce a light, fluffy finished compost.”

The following chart from Squidoo gives composting guidelines. And here are some other composting tips to keep in mind:

Composting is a simple process that yields great benefits. It helps regenerate poor soils, encourages the production of helpful micro-organisms, reduces the need for water and fertilizers, suppresses plant diseases and even reduces pollution. What could be more empowering than that?

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