Use right ratio of dry and wet material for compost success

WHEN the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc meets on Thursday morning, August 6, at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, guest speaker Adrian Petrie will talk about composting.

We are all aware that one of the key components that help to maintain a productive garden is compost.

Compost acts as a soil conditioner, and well-made compost contains a full range of plant nutrients, some in readily available form, and others that are slowly released as the compost breaks down.

If you are able to make your own compost, it saves buying fertilisers and manures, and also, all food and vegetable scraps are put to good use instead of going to landfill with the garbage collection.

Not only food and vegetable scraps make compost, but paper, lawn clippings, leaves and garden waste all decompose in a few weeks to produce a wonderful crumbly mixture which feels like a dried out sponge.

There are many ways to make compost.

Using the correct ratio of dry and wet material in layers helps to bring about success.

For the suburban gardener there isn't the need to purchase compost tumblers, or make special wooden containers.

Just a heap on the ground, covered with heavy black plastic will do the trick.

Start with wet material such as kitchen scraps, fresh lawn clippings and garden waste.

Make the second layer dried leaves or paper.

For quicker decomposition a sprinkle of cow manure or blood and bone could be added.

Layering these different types of material should be continued.

Then cover the mound with the plastic making sure the sides are anchored to the ground.

This heap will provide a food source for bacteria and fungi.

On August 6, Adrian Petrie will be talking about a new way to make compost.

The meeting commences with morning tea at 9.45am and visitors and new members are most welcome.

The Enoggera Memorial Hall is at the corner of Wardell and Trundle Sts.

For more information, phone Pat on 3356 1256.

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