Organic Garden Compost
I think we all agree, that growing organic produces the healthiest food for
you and your family. So, what defines compost as being completely organic?
The answer is all about the raw materials you put into your composter.
To be truly organic compost, all the materials that you put into your composter
must be organic in nature. Very importantly, that means that this organic
matter can not be treated with potentially harmful insecticides, pesticides,
herbicides. In a pure organic sense, these organic material should also be
grown in virgin soil, untainted by harmful chemicals. Along with water and
nutrients, plants can take up these nasty chemicals through their roots,
tainting the otherwise organic nature of the plant.
Let's use lawn grass and tree leaves as examples. Untreated lawns are a great
source of nitrogen (Greens) rich grass clippings, that are perfect for your
composter. Fall leaves are an abundant source of Carbon (Browns). Mixed together,
they can become organic compost. However, if you treat your lawn, residual
chemicals are on the blades of the grasses. Obviously, the resulting compost
is not organic.
Taking this example a step further, Let's assume you used to treat your lawn
with pesticides and insecticides. But, you have not done so in a year or
two. Residual amounts of these chemicals can remain in the soil for years,
and can be taken up by the roots of your lawn. Over years, the residual chemicals
can leach deeply into the ground, and be taken up by trees, ultimately making
it's way to those leaves that you are destined for your composter.
In today's world, it may be difficult to be absolutely certain that your
compost is 100% organic. What you can do, is consciously strive to assure
your compost is a organic as possible. Give a little thought to everything
you put into your composter. And, give some though about the chemicals you
plan to use around your yard. Use common sense to limit or eliminate the
use of potentially harmful chemicals, for your health, and for a healthier
Identifying Green and Brown compost materials:
(Nitrogen) Compost Materials
(Carbon) Compost Materials
Composting Tip: To speed up decomposition, mix and turn your compost
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