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Composting is something which can be anywhere from super-easy, to a scientific endeavor approaching the complexity of neurosurgery depending on the methods used.

Of course, there really isn't any work required to do composting, beyond actually collecting the materials! The no-work method can be called many things, but I prefer the down-to-Earth description of Stick It In a Pile and Let It Rot. This method works exactly as it sounds: You just collect the biodegradable junk, usually in the early spring or late fall, and stick it in a pile in some part of the yard where it doesn't matter if it's ugly (which it IS).

It takes approximately a year to get finished compost this way.

I prefer to Stick the last year's leaves and weeds in the Pile in early spring. There's two reasons for this: One, there's no sense in raking up, what the snow is going to COVER up! Two, when it's done this way, the pile has all spring, summer, and fall to Rot, and will be ready the next spring.

In the spring, of course, the finished compost has to be removed from a pile before new debris is added, or you will end up having to dig through your new debris to get at the finished compost. Of course, that's BAD--it's extra work!! So it's much better to just shovel out the finished stuff before adding new.

I tend to get a bit antsy and dig out the old as soon as it thaws out, even though it'll just sit in my Frigigan (Michigan) garden for about 2 more months until it's safe to plant. There's no harm in it, nor in waiting until you actually need it to dig. Just as long as you don't put the new junk on the old compost!

If you want to speed it up a bit without much work, some compost activator can take some time off. Rather than trying to treat an existing pile, it's better to add this stuff as you're making the pile. Add 6 inches of biodegradable debris, and then sprinkle a layer of compost activator. Repeat this procedure until you run out of debris, top it off with a final layer of compost activator, and water (don't drown it). It seems to take a few months off the total process.

For ways to speed it up even more, Composting (Work Alert!) CLICK HERE!



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