How to Compost : Learn Organic Garden Composting Online : How Nitrogen Affects Compost


Nitrogen is another important element in compost.
Sources of nitrogen are green grass and manure. The microorganisms in the compost use nitrogen
for the protein part of their body, it builds their body. If you have too much nitrogen
in your compost, the microbes will die. If you have too little nitrogen, the compost
won’t heat up. And so it won’t got through the process of breaking down the organic matter
and you won’t have enough microorganisms and it won’t get hot and it won’t kill
the seeds and grasses that you have in there, and it won’t compost basically. You can
get manure at local stables or horse ranches or goat ranches and so many gardeners get
their manure from these places that some of these places keep large piles of the manure
that they have rotting right there on the site, and they even have large front loaders
that will- you can buy a pick up truck up there and they will load a yard for you. And
they may or may not charge a small fee for it. It’s become somewhat of a commercial
business. And if you’re lucky you might know a ranch owner or a farmer that would
just appreciate having his stables and barn cleaned out. Chicken manure is excellent.
Bat manure is very high in nitrogen.

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