THE SALINA JOURNAL SUNDAY, APRIL 22. 2001 3 Compost / Makes city better place FROM PAGE 2 The largest problem is the trash that finds its way into waste carts. Everything from plastic bags to GI Joe toys has turned up, and the finished compost is dotted with pieces of trash. "Even if our budget was twice what it was, we wouldn't make money," Schneider said, saying the extra would go toward buying equipment to improve the process. But while there is no profit in the foreseeable future, Schneider said as long as he is able to maintain the business without paying funds from his own pocket, he will continue with Kan- za. To supplement the income, he recently started selling decorative rock along with the compost and six varieties of mulches. "It's a way to give something back to the community," he said. "If everyone did that, it would be a much better place to live." • Reporter Kara Rhodes can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 167, or by email at email@example.com. Composting 101 the basics air — Make sure pile is someliow vented. Air is needed for decomposition. water — Pile siiould be moist, not soggy. Turn once a week. food — Brown & green, 50:50 ratio. how it helps • Compost adds organic matter to soil. • It Improves the condition of all soil types. • Compost increases the beneficial microbes. what to add* brown — straw; autumn leaves; wood cinips; saw dust; small twigs. green — green weeds; lawn clippings; kitclien fruit do not add • Chemically treated wood products. • Human waste. • Meat, bones & fatty foods. • Pet waste. • Diseased plants. • Certain weeds — bindweed, ivy, sheep sorrel. Compost piles must be exposed to air for decomposition & vegetable scraps; green leaves; cow, sheep, horse and poultry manure. *Shred materials for quicker composting. how to use compost • Top dress garden beds and trees, use as a mulch. • Till into garden and landscaping beds. • Broadcast it on lawns. • Make compost tea. Put compost in burlap, cheesecloth or nylon stocking and soak. Use "tea" to water flowers, container plants and indoor plants. Green & brown matter Finished material: compost Source: Go for Green Composting Don't Throw Away Your Home! We can help you recycle your home. We're #1 in Salina!* When Bnying or Selling a Home, bvantage REALTOR sSino, 415 E. Iron, Salinn KS 825-5200 - (800) 825-O20G Linda Hagen 785-822-7653 Diana Dierks 785-820-7504 *Only primary Agents and Offices are receiving credit for number and dollar value of all the listings above Listing prices for sold are calculated using sold's prices. As per MLS 2000 figures.
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