As a home vegetable gardener, composting is a essential part to nurturing your plants, as well as the soil they inhabit. Adding good quality compost to your soil helps with the drainage of waste materials, while also increasing nutrients in the soil. Along with the benefits to your soil, you are also preventing organic material from ending up in a landfill. The problem is, how do you create a usable, quality compost area?
In order to start your compost pile, you are going to need organic material. Organic material can be grass clippings, leaves, left-over food, coffee grounds, banana peels and so on. Plastic, styrofoam and meat bones are NOT considered organic material for the compost pile.
Set aside an area of your yard where you will dump all of these items into. To make a really cool pile, use a wood box build into the ground; it can be your designated compost pile! As a precaution, when it comes to left-over food, bury it. It could easily draw in unwanted animals like raccoons, opossums, pests, you name it.
Once you have your pile of organic material in place you are all set. Nature will take care of the rest! Bacteria, insects and worms will work hard together to break your pile down into usable compost. If time is not a factor, then you can literally let the pile sit there, and it will eventually break down. However, this can be slow, so here are some things you can do to help speed things up.
Using a yard shredder, chipper or your lawn mower, you can break down larger items in very small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the quicker they will break down.
You should be keeping your compost pile moist. Do not over-water your compost pile, as items in the pile will get matted down. That will prohibit oxygen from reaching deep areas of your compost pile. As anaerobic bacteria takes over, a smell of rotting compost will emanate. A light watering every other day (or more often if it gets hot/dry outside) will do the trick.
Turning the Compost
A good practice beneficial to compost is turning the pile over. A pitchfork is all you will need to do this. Every few days, use the pitchfork to turn the entire pile over; by bringing the waste from the bottom to the top of the pile, oxygen will reach all parts of the pile. By doing this, anaerobic bateria will not make your compost smell horrid. For optimal results, turn the pile over when the center of the compost pile reaches 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit--You can pick up a compost pile thermometer for a few bucks.
Finally, remember to keep your compost pile well ventilated. The more air that reaches through the pile, the more efficient your compost pile will be.
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This article was originally written by Michael Podlesny of Article City for reprint.
T-shirts are a huge part of our daily lives. Every shirt expresses a different message and carries a different story. If you’ve ever dreamed of designing your own t-shirt, now is your opportunity. You can create a low-cost, high-style shirt with only a few hours of work.
Before you jump right in, you will need to print out (or purchase) a durable stencil. Printed stencils have to be cut meticulously in order to guarantee perfection on your printed shirt. Use a craft knife in order to cut the miniscule details of a printed stencil. However, if you purchased a stencil, it is ready to be used immediately. Now that your stencil is ready to go, lay a t-shirt on a flat, protected work environment, and place cardboard (or another thick material) inside the shirt. This will prevent the paint from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. Finally, place your stencil where your design will be printed(on top of the shirt). You are now ready to begin painting.
To print your design, you may either use a brush and fabric paint, or use spray-paint for a quick job. Remember to wear a respirator, and work in an unenclosed area to protect yourself from the aerosol’s inhalant effects. Simply brush a few coats of paint over the stencil. If you’re using spray-paint, quickly spray several coats of paint on the shirt. Whether you use a brush and paint, or use spray-paint, make sure to remove the stencil immediately to stop it from sticking. After about 4 hours, the paint will dry. You must wait 72 hours, however, before washing your shirt.
You now have your own self-designed and printed t-shirt! Wear it everywhere you go! And when your friends ask where you snagged such a great shirt, you’ll surprise them--you made it yourself!
Eli Manning and the New York Giants(0-4) couldn't stop the peaking Kansas City Chiefs(4-0) on the road last Sunday. Right from the start, Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath caught a pass for a 5 yard touchdown. However, New York responded, with a completion by Victor Cruz, leading to a 69-yard touchdown. On the next drive, the Chiefs selltled for a field goal by Ryan Succop. Taking the lead 10-7, the next 2 drives were scoreless, leading up to halftime in KC.
When play resumed, Alex Smith threw an interception. The GIants attempted to start something, but their running game was unsuccessful, leading to a three-and-out. Just as the GIants struggled in the early second half, the Chiefs did, and were forced to punt. Plays later, Quintin Demps of the Chiefs picked off an interception. Once again, Chiefs defense went to work and forced a 3-and-out. On a long punt, Dexter McCluster ran for a 89 yard punt return, putting the Chiefs up 17-7.
In the fourth quarter, Alex Smith threw to Jamaal Charles for 6 points, extending to a '24-7' lead. The Giants retained possesion, but Eli Manning misthrew, landing in Eric Berry's hands. In the red zone, Alex Smith converted to Dwayne Bowe for 6 points. After a Giant's turnover, the Chiefs let the clock run, and won 31-7. Next week, the Chiefs play at the Tennessee Titans, hoping to reach 5-0, while the GIants play at the Eagle's MetLife Stadium on SUnday, hoping to turn their season around.