Composting, gardening and simple living go hand in hand. Compost is free and easy to make nutrient rich matter which fuels the growth of your garden.
This means free fertilizer to help your garden grow and feed your family for almost free.
Composting can save you hundreds of dollars in garden fertilizer and increase the yield of your garden ensuring you save money on produce.
Composting can be done in a number of ways:
Bin composting is when you purchase a composting bin from your local hardware store and start adding kitchen scraps and yard waste. When using a bin method it is suggested that you deter from adding meat waste as it attracts unwanted guests. It is suggested that you stick to brown (sticks) and green (vegetation) matter and keep the material as moist as a wet sponge to encourage material breakdown and compost formation.
You can bin compost directly into your garden beds by digging holes in the garden during the fall and winter and placing your kitchen and yard waste directly into the holes then covering the area with dirt and water allowing the compost to enrich the garden for spring.
Vermicomposting is the use of worms to aid in your composting of plant materials and kitchen scraps. You can also add paper products to a worm composting unit. Worm composting can be done indoors or outdoors and is suitable for apartment dwellings. You add moist bedding paper and your green kitchen scraps and red composting worm wrigglers and let the worms do the work.
Vermicomposting will produce an additional product called worm tea or compost tea which can be added to your watering source for your garden as a liquid fertilizer. Vermicompost is a faster form of compost.
You can DIY your compost bin or worm compost container to suit your needs. You can even buy rotatingbarrel composters that say they speed up the compost to garden time. What ever way you choose to compost remember to container it, add the right green and brown matter, water it and move the compost material around occasionally with a pitch fork or rake to work air into the biodegradable materials. Once your composter has produce dark soil like matter you can mix this into your garden soil and plant your spring garden.
Support your composting ventures by placing a composting container in your kitchen to collect produce based kitchen scraps. Composting is good for your garden, great for the environment, supports simple living and saves you money.
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