- Give them to your chickens if you have them or other animal
- Save all your vegetable scrapes like carrot ends and peelings, broccoli stalks, onion layers...and put them in a freezer bag for making stock.
- Throw things like apple cores and bread ends near bird feeders
The thing you must remember with composting food is you have to mix in others things to produce good healthy soil. Things like vegetables, fruit, egg shells, grains and coffee grounds add nitrogen but compost also needs oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. You need a balance of all these elements. How do you do that? By adding dried leaves, manure, pine needles, dirt, grass clippings, newspaper and toilet paper rolls.
Is it worth it? Sure it is here's why:
- Increases organic matter in your soil
- Provides nutrients to plants
- Makes clay soil more airy and able to drain
- Helps sandy soil retain water
- Helps balance pH in your soil
- Helps maintain soil temperature
What not to compost:
- Meat or meat waste
- Fish or fish waste
- Dairy products
- Grease & oils
That is our last bucket on top which will be covered with a layer of yard waste.
Be sure to catch up on the other posts in this garden series. Tomorrow be back for garden row spacing and how to keep weeds in check. Click on each link to see that day.
Day #1 Spring Gardening
Day #2 Tools & Planners
Day #3 Herbs for Eating, Tea & Medicine
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