Traditional composting includes soil as one of the layers. While soil can serve as a source of microbes to "inoculate" plant wastes, research has found that the microorganisms that break down plants also are present on the surface of the leaves and stems. It's natural for some soil to cling to pulled weeds and uprooted vegetable and flower plants. When you add large amounts of soil, you increase the weight, which makes composting difficult and less efficient. Large amounts of soil also can suffocate microorganisms. Soil less composting is often practiced. Add water to the compost after every few layers of material.”
The Virginia Cooperative Extension has this to say about building a compost bin, “if you plan to produce compost regularly, consider a permanent compost bin. For convenience and aesthetics, you can choose from numerous commercial composters or construct your own from wooden planks, concrete blocks, used freight pallets, hardware cloth, or chicken-wire.
Before purchasing a commercial composter, determine if it will work effectively in your landscape. It should be well built, economical according to your needs, easy to assemble, and have easy access for turning the compost. It should also be large enough to handle all the leaves in your yard.
To learn more about composting you can attend one of the Master Gardeners demonstrations at one of the following locations:
Groups are local, so your personal residence must be in Howard County Maryland. We serve ALL of Howard County EXCEPT for the areas below.
If you live in one of these areas, please click on that link to join your local group:
• Zip 20723 east of Rt. 29
• Howard County west of Rt. 97
• Outside Howard Countynything you are thinking of throwing out. Someone out there is looking for your item.