Rich, nutritious compost feeds hungry plants

Rich, nutritious compost feeds hungry plants

Rich, nutritious compost feeds hungry plants

Mulch is an organic layer of material placed on top of the soil to retain moisture and protect it. In winter, it protects plants from freezing. Although compost can be used as mulch, it is also soil/plant nutrition. You can create a garden by concentrating many hungry plants onto a small area. The plants are fed with organic matter decomposed by nature, but the nutrient requirements are too high.

Compensating with compost can be done. This is a concentrated organic matter that will create the ideal food for your garden. It also provides humus which can improve soil texture and neutralize soil pH.

  • The compost should contain both “greens” as well as “browns”.
    • For example, you can make a compost pile from wet grass clippings (or rotten tomatoes), last night’s leftover salad, meat, fish, or bones, and then add browns such as dry leaves, straws, feathers and hair, dried egg shells, coffee grounds, and tea leaves.
    • It is acceptable to use farm animal manure (chickens, cows, horses, and rabbits), but it is not allowed to mix with domestic pets’ feces (cats, dogs, and parrots).
  • “Activating” ingredients can speed up decomposition.
    • These include fresh compost such as lettuce leaves or cabbage leaves, potato skins, manure, and even alfalfa meal. You can turn in the compost to be turned into compost.
  • Once you have compostable material, start to add some to the adjacent bin. After a while, you’ll notice that the “first use” bin won’t be recognized as compost and will look more like potting soil.
  • Simply pull out the soil or mulch from the areas you want to “feed” with the compost and then apply it. Next, rake the soil/mulch in place.

Trench Composting

Trench composting is another option. It’s quick and simple.

  • Dig a shallow trench in your garden, either around or along a row of vegetables or individual clumps or ornamentals.
  • Then, bury the compost ingredients into it.
  • You’re done! Cover and voila!

There are many compost containers on the market, from small covered kitchen pails to store leftovers to large outside barrels that can be used to mix the contents. Simple heaps on the ground are sufficient. To keep unwanted scavengers from the pile, some containment is recommended.

  • For example a seven upright pallets, two at the back and one on each side to separate old and fresh compost. Two at the front are roped together for stability. The two front ones serve as “doors” that allow the compost to be filled and/or removed.
  • Leave the ground bare underneath. Over time, that soil has become so rich that you can occasionally dig out some of it to plant special plants.
  • You can leave your pile open to the rain; if it is not, you should water it regularly.
  • You’ll eventually find the day when you can walk to the compost pile and spread it out. It will be rich, humus-y, and dark-looking, with sweet-smelling soil.
  • This is food for your garden, satisfaction for your soul, and a blessing for those who have the money.

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