If I had to choose one topic about which I get more questions asked, it would be composting.
Many of us cringe when we toss our banana peels into the trash, knowing they could be put to good use.
We also, if we’ve had a garden for a few years, understand that after the first couple of years, our plants start flagging in their growth if we don’t make an effort to add some type of fertilizer. The first few years of a new garden may produce great crops from the wealth of nutrients already present in the soil, but eventually, if not renewed, those nutrients are used up.
Then, we realize how expensive it can be to buy fertilizer — and even more expensive if we spring for the organic fertilizer.
Which brings us back to composting. For most of us, we have all the ingredients we need for good compost. All we need is the know-how.
The problem comes in when we start researching composting methods and information overload paralyzes us into not trying in the first place. Granted, composting can get complicated if you let it. But I’ve found, for a basic backyard gardener, composting is easier than you think — and easier than what you typically read online.
In today’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I break down composting (no pun intended) into information the everyday home gardener can understand. I explain what 3 ingredients typically make up my compost pile (yes, only 3). I also give a range of composting bin ideas — everything from the free no-bin pile to the Cadillac of compost bins. You choose what might work best for you.
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Have you tried composting before? What problems have you encountered? What has worked well before? I’d love to hear in your comments below.
- saves money (reduces your dependence on fertilizer)
- repurposes organic material instead of putting it in landfills
- biggest reason: you get more harvest
Related Blog Post: Do You Really Need Compost in Your Garden?
Most Popular Ingredients in a Home Compost Pile:
- Grass Clippings
- Manure (poultry, livestock)
- Spent Garden plants
- Used plant/animal products (egg shells, coffee grounds, hair)
- Fruit & Vegetable scraps
- Bedding from your animals (pine shavings, hay)
Compost Bin Ideas
- Basic pile in backyard
- Large Plastic bin with small holes for air and water
- Bottomless Hog Panel Cylinder
- Compost Tumbler
- Wood Bins (Here are several ideas, from basic to top-notch.)
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