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Conventional method of compost preparation

1. Choose a spot that is at least partially protected from rain.

2. Gather the crop residues, animal manures and other wastes and bring them to the preparation site.

3. Pile the crop and other plant residues (15 cm thick) first. For the next layer, spread the animal manure to a thickness of about 8 cm, followed by about 3 cm of good soil. Pile another layer of the materials in the same sequence and repeat until a height of about 1.5 meters of the compost pile is attained.

4. Water the pile until it is sufficiently moist. Water regularly.

5. Turn over or mix the pile with spading fork after 3 weeks, then again after five weeks.

6. Harvest the compost in three to four months.

Conventional method of compost preparation