Composting Organically!

 

compost-pile

Composting is easy to do, although many place too much emphasis and mystery into what you need to put in your compost. It is hard to compost the wrong way. The first thing you need is a place to put your compost.

Compost is the heart of an organic garden. If you decide to garden organically, you will need to build or buy a compost container because you will need a lot of compost to keep your soil healthy and your plants happy.

Compost Containers.

Composting is easy to do, although many place too much emphasis and mystery into what you need to put in your compost. It is hard to compost the wrong way. The first thing you need is a place to put your compost.

It can be as simple as 4 stakes in the ground with some chicken wire wrapped around them making a container, a couple untreated wooden boards nailed together in a square or rectangle with nothing on the bottom or by staking cement blocks and steadying them with rebar to make a compost bin.

simple-compost-binYou can go fancy and use a metal trash can, putting slits or holes in it so that the compost can breathe or you can buy a handy-dandy compost barrel made out of rubberized or plastic material. Some are even on tripods and have a handle to turn them on occasion.

The compost doesn’t care what kind of container or pile it is in. It works just as well with chicken wire as it does with a turning container with a handle. What you put in IS important. Continue reading

Seaweed Fertilizer with a Liquid Fish Extract

basic-seaweedAdding fertilizer to soil has been practiced for as long as gardeners have gardened! From our history lessons, we may remember that the American Indian taught the new settlers to add fish to the holes where they were adding corn seeds.

Since then, we’ve found more convenient ways to use this same practice. Only now we can find fish combined with seaweed which makes fish emulsion! Why a fish emulsion? Adding fish by-products to your garden brings a quick burst of nitrogen as a foliar feed. Continue reading