1.1 Compost and Why You Should!

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Garden guides often describe composting as “nature’s way” of recycling. Not so — you just don’t ever find large amounts of organic matter with the correct carbon-nitrogen ratio, water content and aeration carefully piled up by bears or gorillas working away in the forests with a compost fork and a watering-can, leaving it cooking away at high temperatures and emitting jets of steam. Nature doesn’t make compost. Nature mulches.

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It’s estimated that a human with a compost fork and a watering-can, carefully piling up organic matter with the correct C/N ratio, water content and aeration so that it cooks away at high temperatures and emits jets of steam, can make as much topsoil in a year as nature can make in a century, and nature definitely approves. You can tell when nature’s happy, the plants smile at you. When she’s not happy you can tell by all the “side-effects”. Try it and see. Any gardener can quickly learn to make compost.

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