Archive for the ‘Composting’ Category

postheadericon Citrus peels in compost – tips for composting citrus peels

Citrus peels in compost – tips for composting citrus peels

Image by Toshiyuki IMAI By Heather Rhoades In years past, some people recommended that citrus peels (orange peels, lemon peels, lime peels, etc.) should not be composted. The reasons given were always unclear and ranged from citrus peels in compost would kill off friendly worms and bugs to the fact that composting citrus peels was simply too much of a pain. We are glad to report that this is absolutely false. Not only can you put citrus peelings in a compost pile, they are good for your compost too. Composting…

postheadericon Composting corn cobs and husks – learn how to compost corn plants

Composting corn cobs and husks – learn how to compost corn plants

Image by DGLowrie By Victoria Blackstone Composting corn cobs and husks is a sustainable process of turning garbage-bound kitchen leftovers into garden-rich nutrients for your plants. You can also use other discarded parts of the corn plant in your compost pile, such as the stalks, leaves and even the corn silks. Read on for tips on composting these items successfully. Composting Corn Husks The husks – these form the outer layer that protects the developing corn – are discarded when you peel them away to expose the corn kernels. Instead…

postheadericon Composting corn cobs and husks – learn how to compost corn plants

Composting corn cobs and husks – learn how to compost corn plants

Image by DGLowrie By Victoria Blackstone Composting corn cobs and husks is a sustainable process of turning garbage-bound kitchen leftovers into garden-rich nutrients for your plants. You can also use other discarded parts of the corn plant in your compost pile, such as the stalks, leaves and even the corn silks. Read on for tips on composting these items successfully. Composting Corn Husks The husks – these form the outer layer that protects the developing corn – are discarded when you peel them away to expose the corn kernels. Instead…

postheadericon Composting corn cobs and husks – learn how to compost corn plants

Composting corn cobs and husks – learn how to compost corn plants

Image by DGLowrie By Victoria Blackstone Composting corn cobs and husks is a sustainable process of turning garbage-bound kitchen leftovers into garden-rich nutrients for your plants. You can also use other discarded parts of the corn plant in your compost pile, such as the stalks, leaves and even the corn silks. Read on for tips on composting these items successfully. Composting Corn Husks The husks – these form the outer layer that protects the developing corn – are discarded when you peel them away to expose the corn kernels. Instead…

postheadericon Tips on composting spent hops – adding used hops in compost

Tips on composting spent hops – adding used hops in compost

Image by EzumeImages By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com Can you compost hops plants? Composting spent hops, which are nitrogen-rich and very healthy for the soil, really isn’t all that different from composting any other green material. In fact, composting is one of the best uses for spent hops. Read on to learn about composting hops, including an important safety note for pet owners. Used Hops in Compost Composting spent hops is similar to composting leaves or grass, and the same general composting guidelines apply. Be…

postheadericon Compost tea recipe: how to make compost tea

Compost tea recipe: how to make compost tea

Image by Mark Smith  By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Using compost tea in the garden is a great way to both fertilize and improve the overall health of your plants and crops. Farmers and other compost tea makers have used this fertilizing brew as a natural garden tonic for centuries, and the practice is still commonly used today. How to Make Compost Tea While there are several recipes available for making compost tea, there are only two basic methods that are used—passive and aerated. Passive compost tea…

postheadericon Bat manure compost tea: using bat guano tea in gardens

Bat manure compost tea: using bat guano tea in gardens

Image by sbonk By Amy Grant Compost tea is an extract of compost combined with de-chlorinated water containing beneficial microorganisms that has been used for centuries to encourage soil and plant health. The organic matter and its accompanying organisms chosen are of primary concern when making a nutrient rich compost tea. Clean compost and worm castings used solely or in conjunction are common tea bases, but you can also try making a bat guano tea mix. Composting Bat Manure for Tea Using bat manure for compost tea is one of…

postheadericon Using steer manure to amend soil in the yard

Using steer manure to amend soil in the yard

Image by Charles & Clint By Heather Rhoades Using steer manure to amend soil can be an excellent way to add additional nutrients to plants. This fertilizer offers the same benefits as most other manures, including cow manure, and can be used for both lawns and gardens. Steer Manure Lawn Fertilizer Manure contains a number of nutrients and adds organic matter to the soil. Improving the soil quality of your lawn can result in greener grass and less maintenance. An important consideration when fertilizing with steer manure is its high…

postheadericon Can you compost bird feathers: how to compost feathers safely

Can you compost bird feathers: how to compost feathers safely

Image by mansum008 By Liz Baessler Composting is an amazing process. Given enough time, things you may consider “garbage” can be turned into pure gold for your garden. We’ve all heard of composting kitchen scraps and manure, but one compostable you may not think of right away is bird feathers. Keep reading to learn more about adding feathers to compost piles. How to Compost Feathers Safely Can you compost bird feathers? You absolutely can. In fact, feathers are some of the most nitrogen rich composting materials around. Compostable items are…

postheadericon Can you compost bird feathers: how to compost feathers safely

Can you compost bird feathers: how to compost feathers safely

Image by mansum008 By Liz Baessler Composting is an amazing process. Given enough time, things you may consider “garbage” can be turned into pure gold for your garden. We’ve all heard of composting kitchen scraps and manure, but one compostable you may not think of right away is bird feathers. Keep reading to learn more about adding feathers to compost piles. How to Compost Feathers Safely Can you compost bird feathers? You absolutely can. In fact, feathers are some of the most nitrogen rich composting materials around. Compostable items are…