Don’t Forget To Compost

Northern gardeners are nearing the time temperatures will start dropping, plants will be dropping their leafs and summer gardens stop producing.

Time to plan Fall clean up your garden and flower beds. Removing old summer crops to ready your garden for it’s winter rest.
Composting is an excellent way to dispose of all of your old garden plants and a good place to dump most of your kitchen food waste.
After your compost pile sets all winter, doing it’s job of converting plant waste into good healthy soil building compost, next spring you can till this compost into your garden soil improving both garden soil texture and adding much needed nutrients to your soil.

Hint: Any thing that has ever been alive can be composted.
Grin… well everything except petrified trees.

Composting House Whole Waist Not Just Kitchen Scraps
United States EPA Wastes – Resource Conservation – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Composting web site. You are paying for it so please use it as a good reference site. Composting will save you a lot of money buying fertilizers and soil amendments and your garden will be chemical free. Plants will grow better, faster and produce more while improving your garden soil year after year.

University of Missouri Extension has a very useful fact sheet covering:
Selecting a compost method
# Wire-mesh holding unit
# Snow-fence holding unit
# Wood and wire three-bin turning unit
# Worm composting bin
# Heap composting
As well as information on constructing your composting unit.

Think Fall garden. It’s still not to late to plant a lot of the cool weather crops.

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11 responses to “Don’t Forget To Compost

  1. You’ve got a lot of good info on your blog; thanks for sharing all this ! I save my egg shells and dry them, then grind them pretty fine in a food processor. Plants like tomatoes, cabbage and collards love calcium, so I add some of the ground egg shells to the ground where those things will be planted. Later then mid summer, I scatter some more on top of the ground. Just another hint for good growing.

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  2. just had a conversation about how we want to build a compost bin at the new house. thanks for the links

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    • Sad smile… in my tiny part of SW Oklahoma it is so dry that without watering down your compost pile weekly, sometime 2 times a week, it will dry out and the organic matter will stop decomposing. To add insult to injury, when you start watering the pile again it may take 2 or 3 weeks for the bacteria to get reactivate and doing their jobs.

      Happy Hot Pile Composting


  3. What is your opinion of putting egg shells in a home compost bin ?
    I wonder if the heat generated is enough to break them down?

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  4. Wow. It’s wild to think about gardens getting ready to call it quits. I read a lady’s comment somewhere recently – she lives in Maine and she hadn’t even gotten one ripe tomato yet! Now I’m wondering if she will get any at all….

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