To build a compost heap

How Build Organic Compost Area

First spread over the ground a 15 cm layer of plant wastes such as hay, straw, leaves or woodchips. Add a five cm layer of manure. On top of this place a two cm layer of garden soil. Sprinkle on lime, dolomite and rock phosphate. Earthworms will quickly move in, adding their valuable castings to the heap. Every 24 hours, earthworms eat more than their own weight in dead organic matter and mineral soil. Continue to build up the heap in layers until it's about one and a half metres high. Keep the...

Nodig Gardening In The Tropics

Before beginning your new vegetable garden, it is a good idea to have some well-made compost available to give your seeds or seedlings a good start. When you're selecting a suitable site be sure that the area is free from vigorous weeds or grasses (nut grass will penetrate a layer of plastic without any problems at all). Remove any larger weeds or grasses by hand before mowing the area. A site which is gently sloping is best, so that excess water from seasonal rains will drain off easily....