Compost for the Home Garden

McCall, Wade W.
Nakagawa, Yukio
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University of Hawaii
Home gardening in Hawaii requires good management for good yields, and that requires adequate organic matter in the soil, conservation of moisture, removal of waste products, and good physical condition of the soil. All this can be achieved by using composts. Composting is a means of disposing of waste materials, adding organic matter to the soil, and increasing the water-holding and nutrient-holding capacities of the soil. Composts may be made of any type of material that can be decomposed by microorganisms; leaves, grass clippings, weeds, seaweed, peat, water hyacinths, garden refuse, kitchen wastes, cow manure, chicken manure, green legumes, cane trash, bagasse, pineapple trash, straw, and spoiled hay are excellent such materials. Other materials that may be used, but which are less desirable, are wood chips, sawdust, wood shavings, and tree bark. Green succulent materials decompose more rapidly than mature dry plant residues due to a higher nitrogen level, a smaller percentage of resistant components, and the presence of more moisture.
composting, home gardening
McCall WW, Nakagawa Y. 1980. Compost for the home garden. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. 2 p. (General Home Garden Series; GHGS-06).
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