Fall is quickly approaching. The cool and hopefully rainy days of September and October will take it’s toll on your summer garden and flowers. It’s time to start you garden clean up. Removing plants that are no longer producing vegetables or blooming in your flower garden.
Annual growing plants need removed from the garden, roots and all. Perennial’s need pruning to prepare them for the cold winter days ahead. Now is the time you must look closely at your expended garden plants and decide if the should be burned, bagged and sent to a landfill or composted for use in next springs garden.
Diseased plants and those that are likely to be infested with insects or insect eggs should never be put in your compost pile.
Composting is easy, it’s a cheap and easy way to enrich you soil whether it be flower and shrub beds or your garden plot. Anything that has ever been alive can be composted. All that is needed is a place that is twice as large as your compost pile. I recommend a location near the back of your yard. Under the best conditions your going to have insect visitors at or near your compost pile.
Never try to compost any type of meat. Even when covered with compost materials meat eaters like dogs, cats, rats, wolf, coyotes, bears, skunks and other undesirables can smell the meat and will dig it out of your compost pile.
What can be composted? Anything that has ever been alive. Plant materials are most often what people compost but you can also compost all household garbage, vegetables, fruit, coffee, tea grounds, egg shells. I compost everything except meat and meat products to include fish and fish products and dog and cat droppings. I keep one of those plastic store bags handy in my kitchen to use as a compost bag and dump it into my compost pile once everyday or so. Then dispose of the bag as house hold waste.
My staple compost materials are grass hay or wheat straw hay used as bedding in my goat shed and as litter in my chicken coop. I don’t have very much in the way of grass clippings but that also go’s on the compost pile with any tree and bush clippings, tree leaves in the fall and all my old plants removed from my garden, flower and shrub beds. All that is needed is a place to contain your compost pile and make it easy for you to stir and rotate your compost pile.
United States EPA web site. Your taxes are paying for it so please use it as a good reference site.
Composting will save you a lot of money buying fertilizers and your garden will be chemical free. Plants will grow better, faster and produce more while improving your garden soil year after year. Compost, have fun and eat healthy.
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