Wool, the fiber we get from Sheeps, is already being utilized for making Clothes, and other materials for the home like blankets, carpets and home decoration. However, there is one more use case of wool which is catching people’s eyes, and that is compost.
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As composting is becoming a serious issue, communities are figuring out new things that we can compost to save the environment. People figured out that wool is an awesome compost and helps plants in a lot of ways. Let’s discuss how we can compost wool.
Process of Composting Wool
- To Prepare Sheep Wool Compost you’ll require a place or box where you will be preparing compost and some other kitchen waste.
- Put the wool in the bin and mix it with some greens and browns to provide the compost with the proper amount of Carbon and Nitrogen to start composting.
What to mix with Wool Compost?
You can mix kitchen waste like fruits and vegetable leftovers with the wool to prepare the compost. Just avoid anything oily and meat so that the compost doesn’t attract any pests.
Adding Earthworms in the Wool Compost
Adding few earthworms or worm compost will provide with good bacteria and micro-organisms which are essential for composting and it will speed up the composting.
Maintain the Temperature
Maintain the temperature of the compost between 35-55 degree Celcius to make sure the composting takes place at it’s best speed.
Maintain Oxygen in the Compost
To maintain proper oxygen levels in the compost make sure that you turn the compost atleast once a month. It’ll not just aerate hte compost, but, it’ll also break the compost particles which will in turn help the bacteria in composting faster.
Maintain Moisture Levels
Make sure the compost isn’t too dry and also, too much water will also ruin it, so makre sure that it’s moist but not waterlogged.
How long does it take to prepare Wool Compost
You’ll start seeing soil like material within 6 months and that is when you know that you compost is ready. Sheep wool compost should take not more than 8-9 months in preparing. It can take longer depending on what you mixed in the compost and how you handeled it.
Benefits of Sheep Wool Compost
Keeps the Soil Aerated and Maintains Moisture
Wool compost is an excellent replacement of Peat and is also environment friendly. It retains water and keeps the soil moist for longer period of time.
Excellent Source of Nitrogen
Wool compost is a very good source of Nitrogen. It releases the nitrogen slowly in the soil and provides plants with nitrogen for a long period of time.
Excellent source of other Minirals
Wool contains good amount of Sodium, Potassium, Iron and Phosphorus. So it helps soil enrich with other minirals which are essential for healthy plants.
Removes Weed & Pests
Wool is used as mulch to get rid of weeds from the soil. Weeds don’t really enjoy the texture wool provides to the soil and prevent their growth. When used, it has shown some reduction in the pests also.