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Compost articles from Mother Earth News

Better Way to Fertilize Your Garden - Homemade Organic Fertilizer, by Steve Solomon, June/July 2006
Your crops will thrive with this organic soil-building plan.
Beginner's Guide to Fertile Soil and Raised Garden Beds, by Alison Rogers, May 2007
When you build permanent garden beds and paths, you protect the soil structure from compaction by foot traffic-an important step in maintaining soil health.
Build Better Soil With Free Organic Fertilizer, by Cheryl Long and Barbara Pleasant, April/May 2008
Avoid expensive fertilizers — here are your best organic options, including two that you won’t even have to pay for!
Build Permanent Beds and Paths, by Cheryl Long, April/May 2007
Permanent beds make gardening easier and soil healthier. Includes annually adding compost, building new beds and soil testing.
Building Fertile Soil, by Doreen G. Howard, June/July 2003
Use these low-till, low-work methods to enhance the soil in your garden. Includes information on mycorrhizal fungi.
Compost Made Easy, by Barbara Pleasant, October/November 2006
These 10 facts about composting will help you turn food and yard waste into garden gold.
Compost Tumblers,by Brook Elliott, April/May 2003
Mother tests several compost tumblers and shares results, including tumbler styles, feature pros and cons, operating factors, test results.
Eight Strategies for Better Garden Soil, by Harvey Ussery, June/July 2007
Use these natural methods to build healthier garden soil.
Horse Manure - Ask Our Experts
Can I use horse manure and straw bedding to make compost? Yes! In fact, it makes great compost, according to the Maryland Cooperative Extension Office
Is it OK to compost or not?, by Barbara Pleasant, May 2008
Compost expert Barbara Pleasant calls on people everywhere to take responsibility for their yard and kitchen waste.
Leaves for Chicken Bedding and Compost, by Kellie Gardner, August/September 2008
Use dry leaves for bedding in your chicken coop.
Make Easy Compost Tea, by Ed Bowser, Sr., April/May 2007
A barrel of manure and some water combine to provide great nutrients to garden plants.
Make Your Own Potting Soil, by Barbara Pleasant, December 2008/January 2009
Nutritious potting soil will give your seedlings and house plants a good place to grow. You can buy potting soil or make your own. Combine a bit of dirt, some well aged compost and a handful of sand for good drainage to form an inexpensive and handy planting medium for your new garden seedlings or old-friend house plants.
Office Paper - Ask Our Experts
I have read about using newspaper as mulch, but what about using office paper for mulch or composting? Many people use shredded non-glossy paper in mulch or compost, where it typically degrades in a single season. Since paper is a wood product, you should regard it as a high-carbon soil additive, similar to sawdust. When using it to make compost…
Recycle Your Leaves, by Cheryl Long, November/December 2005
Here are four ways to recycle this valuable resource on your yard and in your garden
Reusing Tea and Coffee Grounds for Compost by Clare Hafferman, June/July 2008
You can put used coffee grounds and tea bags into your compost pile.
Secure Compost Bin, by Michelle Higgins, October/November 2005
Transform metal garbage cans into functional compost bins.
Use Wood Mulch to Build Great Garden Soil, by Barbara Pleasant, October/November 2010
Sawdust and wood chip mulches will conserve water, control weeds and build long-term soil fertility.
Walnut Hulls - Ask Our Experts
Can you compost black walnut hulls? The mention of black walnut trees makes many gardeners groan, because all of the plants parts, from leaf to root tip, contain a substance called juglone that causes severe stunting…
Watch Out for Killer Compost, by Cheryl Long and Barbara Pleasant, October/November 2008
Home food gardens are falling victim to a persistent pesticide found in some forms of compost.
Worms! Soil Building Workhorses, by Barbara Pleasant, June/July 2008
Use the free services of resident earthworms to make one of nature’s most potent fertilizers.

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