Folks, if you’re a home gardener and
you’re not composting, you’re really missing out. Two main advantages of
having a compost pile — number one, compost is a great soil amendment. Number two, you
can’t beat it for the price. It’s absolutely free. So, today let’s harvest
some compost. What I’m gonna do is take this potato rake and just rake away all
this material. This is mainly grass clippings and some old peat pots that
break down. You can compost just about anything that cellulose based. That’s the
beauty of it. And now that I’ve exposed some of the compost, let’s put some in
the shovel here. So, we’re just going to take a shovel full of compost and put it
on this screen that’s just made of hardware cloth. And we’ll sift it through
here. Now this compost is very warm, and that means that the microbes have been
doing their job and breaking down all of this organic material into the soil
amendment we’re looking for. Now that we’ve harvested some compost, we’re
going to replenish the pile with just kitchen scraps — old tomato slices, old
cucumber peeling, some leftover food and coffee grounds — a very important component
of a compost pile. And it will just spread that out back into the pile. Now,
we’re just going to cover it back up with more of these grass clippings, and
we’ve kind of killed two birds with one stone here. We’ve also aerated the pile
by moving the compost around. Okay, last thing before we leave the compost pile.
We just want to make sure its moist. Moisture is a key component to
composting — not saturate. Just get it about the consistency of a damp sponge
and that’s it. Folks you’ll find that homemade compost is one of the most
versatile materials available for home gardens, whether you’re growing
vegetables or ornamentals. For Get It Growing I’m Kerry Hefner with the LSU AgCenter.