When everything is said and done, it is not necessary to have that ideal compost; compost can still be made without it. However, the reality remains that it may be highly beneficial. A compost starter is a natural biological activator that gets the compost started and assists in the decomposition process. It is not essential for success.
Composting is the environmentally friendly way to dispose of organic waste. Compost is the perfect fertilizer: it nourishes plants, helps soils retain water, reduces erosion, and acts as an insect deterrent. There are several ways to get started with composting. One option is to search for a compost bin at a community recycling center or local garden store. These bins are usually easy to install in your yard and come with instructions on how to use them. Note that some communities may have regulations regarding the type of material you can put in your own composter. In general, you cannot use meat or dairy products in home-composters because they will cause an odor problem.
If this isn't an option for you, there are other options available. For example, you can purchase a starter kit which includes all the ingredients you need to make good compost quickly and easily at home. Be sure to buy from a reputable source and follow their instructions carefully. You should expect to spend about $50 for a high quality starter kit.
Fungi and bacteria degrade compost. At each layer, add starting materials like as compost (a few handfuls), lime, or top soil to promote optimal microbial development. If chemical fertilizer is unavailable, decomposed compost and wood ash might be used in its place. Compost is a natural fertilizer; if you use too much, it can become toxic.
Composting is the environmentally friendly way to dispose of household organic waste. The process by which organic material decomposes anaerobically into carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen gas is called composting. Organic material includes kitchen scraps, yard trimmings, dead plants, and sanitary products containing blood or urine. Inorganic material does not decompose in a compost pile and should not be included in any amount. This includes plastic bags, tin cans, metal objects such as forks, knives, and spoons, and glass bottles and jars. These items will inhibit oxygen flow and prevent decomposition.
The main ingredient in compost is organic matter. This could be fresh food waste, dry food waste, grass clippings, tree leaves, and bedding from plants that have been fertilized with manure. Avoid meat and dairy products because they contain nitrogen and need to be separated before adding them to a compost pile. These items will keep animals and insects from eating the compost when it's finished and should be avoided until it's time to use the compost itself.
You may believe that fertilizer is unnecessary while using compost. As previously stated, compost is a type of "soil amendment." Fertilizer differs from compost in that it delivers nutrients directly to the soil. However, both products contain nutrients that help plants grow, so they can't be dismissed together.
Fertilizer provides nutrients that are missing from the soil. If you were to take a sample of soil from around your house and analyze it, you would likely find that it is lacking in some areas. For example, if you look closely at your lawn, you will see that there are areas where the grass is very green and others where it is brown or dead. This shows that the soil has nutrients where the grass is healthy and more needs to be added elsewhere. The same thing happens with your garden - there are areas where the plants have plenty of food and others where there isn't enough nutrition.
Fertilizer supplies what the soil lacks. If you were to pour some down by your plant's roots, it would encourage them to grow and produce more flowers or fruit. This is because fertilizer signals the plants to produce more energy where it is needed most - near the surface. Without the addition of fertilizer, the plants would only use their energy reserves growing high up in the soil where there is not much available food.