Garden Compost Green - Our Daily Green

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Garden Compost Green

Now that Spring has officially sprung, many gardeners are chomping at the bit to get their hands dirty. Soil preparation is one of the most important ways to get your garden off to a good start. Composting is one of the easiest ways to feed your soil and get it ready to grow good plants.

Our Daily Green has composted avidly for about 10 years. We don't use fertilizer in our beds, but instead feed the soil with the food it produced in the first place. Throughout the year, we keep a compost bucket in our kitchen for all compostable kitchen scraps, such as apple cores, carrot peels, eggshells, coffee grounds.

Don't fret if you've not started a compost pile yet. In as few as two weeks, with a worm farm, your kitchen scraps can be ready to work into the soil.Worms assist the process by breaking down food scraps and other organic matter faster. Composting truly is addictive. Your plants flourish from the amazing nutrients the compost gives back to the soil and then of course there is the added surprise of volunteer plants from the seeds that were in the compost.

The past few years, Our Daily Green has gotten extra tomato seedlings, pumpkins, and mini gourds. It really brings an element of joyful surprise to the garden plot. The volunteer plants can be transplanted while still seedlings so they don't take over the intended garden space.

Some amazing advances have been made with different composters. Believe it or not, pet waste as well as human waste can also be composted and used in a garden. As a caveat, pet waste should always be composted in a separate dedicated compost bin of its own, as it breaks down at a different rate than plant material. Composting pet waste is an excellent solution in many communities where local ordinances forbid pet waste to be mixed with household garbage.

Composting toilets are available for any outdoor area such as a pool house, a camper, a boat, or cabana where perhaps it is not practical to run plumbing. They can also be used in cabins without the fear of frozen pipes during unoccupied months. Composting toilets protect local ground water from contamination and recycle nutrients to plants. They evaporate liquids, and break down solids and waste molecules until all that remains are oxidized salts. These oxidized salts collect with the compost in the finishing drawer of each composting toilet, and are excellent mulch for the plants in your garden. Toilets use approximately 40% of the water in a household, so this is an excellent product to cut your water consumption. 

Do you do any composting in your home? Do you have any compost questions? Post them here and we will answer them as soon as possible. Happy Spring!

disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Outdora  outdoor living products. 

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