Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Cornell Composting
If you're a gardener who likes to compost garden waste, this Cornell Composting Web site has information for the novice to the more experimental. Follow the basic rules or explore the science and engineering section for more technical topics.

Clever Gardening Technique

Build a Straw Bale Compost Bin
Contain your compost pile with bales of straw to help hold in moisture, add high-carbon material, and speed up the composting process. Stack bales of straw in a U-shape to make three walls for the pile. The sides can be as high as three bales, depending on how much compost you are making. Layer organic wastes inside and take handfuls of the straw (brown, high-carbon material) from the walls to mix between layers. Keep the pile moist.


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