Composting Methods

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Composting Methods

This article is contributed by Emma.  She works for AfterTheBuilders North London and uses gardening as a way of stress relieve. When she is busy with any kind of gardening tasks she feels so relieved and happy.

Composting is the process of recycling organic waste like paper and food odds into a rich soil. Very often it is described as Nature’s way of taking care of its own resources and recycle. It is an essential part of gardening and plant growth. Any living organism will decompose. This is part of nature and biological life cycle.

There are plenty of different composting techniques and methods. Some of which are significantly more popular. While others are considered to be more effective. However, they are all great and contribute to feeding the ground with organic manure. Here are three of the most popular composting methods that we provide for you.

Sheet composting

Our first suggestion is sheet composting. Sheet composting is among the most popular and effective methods. Usually it is used for larger farms and gardens. However, if you have the right equipment, it will work great for smaller garden areas too.


As a whole, there are several different sheet composting methods. Each of them is considered to be efficient. The traditional sheet composting technique is among the most preferred. In this method you need to spread the compost in layers and then use a rototiller to pass over it.

Another type of sheet composting is sheet mulching. The main difference between these two methods is that you need to put a cardboard directly on the soil, then add a second layer of manure and put some leaves (or another type of organic compost) on it.

Easy composting



Many gardeners do not have the patience to wait for their compost to break up. Usually this process takes up a few years. However, if you are looking for a quick and effective way to enrich the soil in your garden, here is a solution for you. The so-called ‘easy composting‘ is a fantastic alternative to the traditional methods of soil feeding, which gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the results in no more than a year. Here are a few simple steps:

1. Choose a place in your garden and make a compost pile.

2. Fill your new compost bin with food odds, dry leaves, paper etc. Furthermore, it is very important to remember that you should add some green materials such as grass, green leaves etc.

3. The time that you will have to wait depends on the weather conditions and the season. However, if you want to speed the process up, once in a while you can turn your compost. It may not be pleasant but it will get the job done.

Worm composting



Our last suggestion is worm composting. If you want to make the most of your garden, you should definitely focus on making the soil crumbly. Worms will do this for you. Once again, you will have to make (or buy) a composting bin. However, you should choose a shady area, in order to protect your worm composting system from excessive heat. In addition, you will have to choose the type of worms you want – some of the most commonly used are the so-called Red Wigglers (or Eisenia fetida).

Last but not least, make sure not to feed your worms too often. Overfeeding causes the worms to release bad odors making your bin a smelly mess.

Reasons for composting:

  • Organic materials in the soil boost moisture retention
  • Composting helps reduce pest and pesticide use
  • Compost is a source of nutrients releasing so slowly that plants can use them long enough while growing
  • Composting means you get more nutrients from plants, which helps improve your diet

You don’t need to buy bagged manure, soils conditioners, etc., as composting saves money.

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