Turning yard waste into gold.

Written by Steve Enlow

Turning yard waste into gold.

Organic Composting

What is Compost?

Composting isrepparttar transformation of organic material through decomposition into a soil-like material called compost. Insects, earthworms, and bacteria help in transformingrepparttar 116201 material into humus. Composting is a natural form of recycling, which continually occurs in nature.

A compost pile is actually a fast-track method of changing crude organic materials into something resembling soil, called humus. Compost making is a simple process. Done properly it becomes a natural part of your gardening or yard maintenance activities, as much so as mowingrepparttar 116202 lawn. Making compost does not have to take any more effort than bagging up yard waste.

Composting is not a mysterious or complicated process. Natural recycling (composting) occurs on a continuous basis in our environment. Organic matter is broken down by microorganisms and consumed by invertebrates. The resulting nutrients are returned torepparttar 116203 soil to support plant growth.

Composting Basics

Keys to successful home composting.

Organic materials: A good mix consists of three parts "browns" (materials such as dead leaves that are high in carbon) and one part "greens" (such as fresh grass clippings and garden prunings that are high in nitrogen).

Moisture: Composting materials should feel moist but not overly soggy.

Temperature: Compost should feel warm torepparttar 116204 touch except inrepparttar 116205 cold winter months.

Air: To prevent unpleasant odors that can occur when materials decompose without oxygen, compost should be turned regularly to ensure that air is reachingrepparttar 116206 center ofrepparttar 116207 pile.

What Do You Need to Home Compost?

All you need to compost is enthusiasm, yard or food waste (except meat or dairy products), and some space. Compost piles don't need to be enclosed, although many people use a bin or similar enclosure.

Decorating with Shabby Chic

Written by Johann Erickson

Are you ready to redecorate but have a limited budget? Do you have some great furniture but nothing matches? Do you love antiques but not stiff formal decor? Then think Shabby Chic, a fun decorating style that solves all these dilemmas and more.

Shabby Chic is one ofrepparttar hottest trends in decorating, and for good reason. It is versatile, easy, and inexpensive. Shabby Chic is based on simplicity -- simple color themes combined with your favorite furniture and art.

Shabby Chic can be anything you want it to be, and is a great way to bring your personal style to any room. Most Shabby Chic decor is based on a white-on-white or beige-on-beige theme. Soft pastels are often used as accent colors, but with a little creativity, you can add just about any color you want. A classic example of Shabby Chic would be to cover couches and overstuffed chairs with white slipcovers, whitewash your wood furniture and hang white airy curtains. Then hang your favorite painting or artwork inrepparttar 116200 most prominent place inrepparttar 116201 room. Choose one or two colors inrepparttar 116202 painting as accent colors, and repeatrepparttar 116203 colors in throw pillows, flowers, soft throw blankets, and candles. Another great feature of Shabby Chic isrepparttar 116204 worn and well-loved look. That side table that has an interesting shape but has seen better days is perfect for Shabby Chic. Simply whitewash it and put a vase with flowers on top. Better yet, use an old china teapot or your grandmother's favorite vase forrepparttar 116205 flowers. It'srepparttar 116206 little details like this that make Shabby Chic work so well.

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