Following are some excerpts from an article about composting that I recently wrote for the Kent County Daily Times. The photo was taken at Earth Care Farm, an organic farm composter in Charlestown, RI, where my master composter class once visited on a field trip.
Yesterday a reader asked how my lawn was doing one month after the overseeding.
Left: Lawn on April 14
Below: Lawn on May 17
Compost happens when yard & food waste are combined with oxygen in a way that stimulates microbial decomposition. Microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and molds are attracted to the pile by carbon and nitrogen—their favorite foods. These microbes in turn entice organisms such as earthworms, millipedes, and beetles to the pile…and together they have the biggest food binge you’ve ever seen.
Yesterday I wrote about the benefits of composting (the process). Today's post deals with the benefits of using compost on your garden and in your yard.
Last night I finished up my master composter course. Now all I have to do is complete the 30 hours of volunteer service and I'll be an "official" URI master composter.
Now that I feel a bit more educated in the matter, I hope to start my own home compost heap. And at the same time, I'll be writing more about composting here. I'll start by discussing the benefits of composting.