Everybody has something that they love to do, and your hobby is gardening.
Exploring the gardening section at your local hardware store is your ideal Saturday afternoon.
Neighbors and friends always admire your garden and are asking for tips, and you like to start off each growing season with a new plant.
You may think you've done it all in your garden, but there's still something you could try: using organic compost.
The Benefits of an Organic Garden
You’ve never considered yourself much of an environmentalist, but going organic with your garden could be one of the best things you’ll do for it.
You won’t use herbicides and pesticides on plants that could end up polluting the soil or unintentionally hurting a friendly garden visitor.
Some people believe that their plants are healthier after they go organic and stop using harmful chemicals. You could easily achieve the same pest control results with homemade remedies.
You don’t have to start going organic immediately if you’re new to the gardening method. If you want to start reaping the benefits of having an organic garden, start with the compost.
Simple Organic Compost Tips
Compost is an essential part of maintaining a healthy garden. It’ll nourish your plants and help keep the soil healthy.
If you want to start your own organic compost pile, follow these tips.
Choose Your Area
If you’re going to be making compost, you’ll need to have an area of your yard sectioned off so the organic material can decompose in peace.
Designate a small section of your yard as the compost place, and put your bin there. If you don’t have a bin, you could make one of your own.
Make sure it’s in a leveled area, you’ll want excess water to properly drain out. The level placing will also make it easy for worms and other bugs to get inside.
Add the Right Material
When some people start their organic compost pile, they’ll put almost anything that they think is biodegradable in it.
When you’re adding to your pile, do it wisely.
You can’t go wrong with fruit and vegetable waste, teabags, and yard clippings. These kinds of organic material break down fast and release a lot of nitrogen and moisture when they decompose.
Crushed egg shells can add vital minerals to your compost, and cardboard or paper can give it some much-needed fiber.
Unless you have a digester on your compost bin, never add meat or dairy products. Animal waste and baby diapers (even the cloth kind) are a no go. They could make your bin a little smelly.
A lot of first time organic gardeners make the mistake of setting up their compost pile, then leaving it alone for a few weeks to see what happens.
Compost piles need attention if you want to get the right results.
Be sure to get a good aeration tool for your pile to make sure that materials don’t sit for too long.
If you notice that your pile is too moist, add some cardboard or branches to help suck up moisture.
If your pile is dry adding some vegetable peelings and other greenery can help improve it.
How did you start your first organic compost pile? Do you have any tips for beginners?
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