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Gardening is simply the practice of cultivating plants. People grow ornamental plants to harvest their flowers, foliage, or to get dyes out of them. They are also grown for their overall appearance.

There are also plants that are cultivated for human consumption. They are consumed as fruits, vegetables and herbs for medicinal purposes.

When we talk about gardening the subject ranges from fruit orchards to long boulevard plantings. Gardening practitioners may specialize themselves in growing only one type of plant or they may also practice mixed plantings that involve many various plants.

Gardening requires active participation of the practitioner and it usually requires intensive works and discipline.
Here you'll find many tips and tricks that are related to gardening.

There are various methods, types and approaches to maintain a healthy and beautiful garden. You can find all of them here.

You may want to learn what's the proper way to landscape the yard, choosing the right soil, maintain the plants, growing indoor gardens, and many many more.

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Different Types Of Home-Based Composting Techniques

There are two types of compositing that have been flourishing, one is residential or home-based and other is industrial compositing.

Both of them have different types of techniques for compositing. Still the popularity of the home-based or residential compositing is booming more because it can be easily carried out in the small scale and also requires fewer efforts.

All one need is to have will and have enthusiasm to perform the compositing activities.

Also the residential compositing requires less machines and equipments to support the compositing function. Some of the home-based compositing techniques are described below:

Composting Toilet:

In the urban and the rural areas the most common and easy type of compositing technique is the use of the compositing toilet or pit. This method is quite easy to set up and monitor. This method is quite tricky and if followed on the larger portion of the home, must be discussed with the other family members.

It is also difficult to differentiate the materials on brown and green, however this method is most widely used in the homes on the small scale.

Open or Closed Bin Composting:

The compositing bin method is very useful and fruitful for those people who are compartmentalizing and organizing the compositing task. It is difficult to clean the compositing pit or the toilet sometimes that is why the use of compost bins has taken superiority over pits and ensures that the things will be under your control.

The compost bin will ensure that the other variables cannot affect the external materials in your compost pile.

German Mound:

German mound method is also known as the Magic mound method. The German mound contains the components like wood-rich gardens, clippings from hedges, prunings, bashwood and brassica stems. All of these components are placed in the circular trench that is almost 5 inches in breadth and one inch deep.

At the center a hole is dug. It gives an additional inch from the outer circle. The roughest materials are placed in it. The layers of wasted leaves, manures and the other compost materials are added over it. The result of German mound is obtained after four to five years from the installation period and then it can be used over the soil surface.

Ecuador Style of Composting:

In Ecuador style of compositing the banana stalks and the trunks of the trees have been used as the compost materials. It requires filling the entire compost pit or bin will the stalks of bananas and the tree trunks. After this the compost materials are mixed altogether that helps in the segregation of the compost materials more effectively and efficiently.

This process requires much space, because the compost pile can only be watered when the pile is a meter or more than a meter long. The pile does not have to be one meter long forever. Normally Ecuador people wait for the settling down of the layers and than remove the top layer for ventilation of the pile and in this way they produce the humus repeatedly.

The Composting Toilet System Book: A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems, a Water-Saving, Pollution-Preven (Chelsea Green) 

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