Turning yard waste into gold.

Written by Steve Enlow

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Compost bins can be purchased, or you can easily construct one with common materials such as chicken wire, snow fencing,lumber or used pallets. Other tools that come in handy for composting are a garden hose, wheelbarrow and common garden tools.

A very simple and easy compost bin can be built from shipping pallets,(available free at most warehouse stores). Use four pallets and hinge one side to open and you have a very inexpensive compost bin.

Getting Started A 4 x 4 x 4-foot area out of direct sunlight is ideal for your compost pile.

Choose an easily accessible spot on a grass or soil base. Composting can begin any time ofrepparttar year, but many people start inrepparttar 116201 fall when leaves are abundant.

Organic materials should be mixed, adding water as needed so thatrepparttar 116202 materials feel like a moist, wrung-out sponge. The compost pile should be turned after a few weeks so that repparttar 116203 outside layers are mixed withrepparttar 116204 center ofrepparttar 116205 pile. Turn compost piles about once a month, except in cold winter conditions. Water can be added during turning, if necessary.

Be patient. Different materials will decompose at different rates but they will all break down eventually. If you want to speed things up, use smaller pieces.

Another trick to speed uprepparttar 116206 process. Add some horse or cow manure. Be sparing in this ingredient, too much will killrepparttar 116207 good bacteria doing their work for mother nature.

Generally, a well managed compost pile with shredded material under warm conditions will be ready in about 2-4 months. A pile left unattended and material not shredded may take over a year to decompose. Piles prepared inrepparttar 116208 late fall will not be ready for userepparttar 116209 following spring. Whenrepparttar 116210 compost is finished,repparttar 116211 pile will be about half its original size and have an earthy smell to it.

Steve Enlow is the author of this article. Visit Steve's most interesting web site at http://www.gardenprofit.com and download your free copy of Easy Plant Propagation. How to start all of your landscape plants with free cuttings.

Decorating with Shabby Chic

Written by Johann Erickson

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If you're on a tight budget, Shabby Chic is a great choice. Make your own slipcovers with any durable white or beige fabric, and cover couches and chairs to match. Pick up interesting accessories at yard sales and flea markets, and paint them allrepparttar same shade of white. Pull out your favorite pictures and put them in frames painted white or coordinated accent colors. Throw in a few candles, flowers, and pillows, and you’ve got a beautiful Shabby Chic room.

Shabby Chic is also perfect for highlighting single pieces of furniture. Do you have a gorgeous, beloved antique but nothing else that goes with it? Decoraterepparttar 116200 room in Shabby Chic and let your antique berepparttar 116201 center of attention.

Whatever your style, whatever your budget, whatever mismatched furniture you own, there's a Shabby Chic look for you.

Johann Erickson is the owner of Online Discount Mart

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