Learning for Life: Recycling waste into garden fertilizer

In addition to reducing materials headed for our landfill, composting organic materials from our homes, lawns, and landscapes turns them into wonderful organic matter additions. While most things will breakdown given enough time, a purposeful approach to decomposing organic materials involves careful management of oxygen, water, and carbon:nitrogen ratios. 

It’s not as difficult as it sounds and University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has great composting publications to help you get started.  Find “Composting in Alaska,” “The Compost Heap-Basic Composting in Alaska” and “Using Spent Brewery Grain in the Alaska Compost Pile” at http://www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai/.  Hard copies are available at the CES office located at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, Soldotna. Call us at 262-5824. We are “Learning for Life.”

Submitted by UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Kenai Peninsula District.

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