Tag Archive: Compost

Raised Bed Gardening 101

Want to start a vegetable garden, but don’t know where to start? Are you seeing rectangular boxes popping up all over your neighbors’ yards and wondering why? Well, I am here to spread the news of raised-bed gardening! Raised-bed gardening is a convenient way to grow vegetables without worrying about the quality of your soil. …

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Got Compost? Leon County Offering Hands-on Workshops

Got Compost? Please join UF/IFAS Leon County Agricultural and Horticultural Extension Agents for a hands-on composting workshop. Extension Agents Mark Tancig and Molly Jameson will lead participants through: An in-class presentation on composting science and research based composting methods A hands-on demonstration on building and maintaining compost piles Participants will help turn an existing compost …

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2015: International Year of Soils

Dirt, earth, humus, terra firma, soil—no matter what you call it, the ground below us is one of the most important substances on, well, Earth. As children, most of us stomped in mud puddles, dug holes, and played in sand boxes—the tactile experience of moving dirt around seems to appeal to humans innately. Just last …

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Composting Made Easy

What if I told you there was a way to create compost indoors? No pitchfork required, no hot steamy temperatures, a simple mix of ingredients, and it would fit right under your kitchen sink? As long as you can convince your family to have worms in the house… you can start vermicomposting. Vermicomposting uses a …

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Understanding the Greens and Browns of Compost

Compost is partially decomposed organic matter or anything that was once a living plant. It is the product of controlled decomposition of organic materials by microorganisms. Humus is completely decomposed organic matter. Green and brown materials with favorable proportions of carbon and nitrogen (C:N) (25:1) offer the  microorganisms a “complete meal“. This helps the breakdown …

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Composting Recycles Yard Waste, Makes It Beneficial

With all of the rainy weather Northwest Florida has been having this summer, plenty of excess yard debris is littering our yards. Don’t put it in the landfill, Compost It ! Compost is used primarily in bed preparation to improve the soil and can even be used in preparing potting mixes. Partially composted material also can …

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