Archive for the ‘Composting’ Category

postheadericon Composting fish waste: tips on how to compost fish scraps

Composting fish waste: tips on how to compost fish scraps

Image by Jay Dodge By Amy Grant Liquid fish fertilizer is a boon to the home garden, but can you compost fish scraps and waste to create your own nutrient rich fish compost? The answer is a resounding, “Yes, indeed!” The process of composting fish is really no different than bread or beer making, relying on much the same microorganisms to turn simple ingredients into a spectacular end result. Let’s learn more about how to compost fish scraps. About Fish Compost If you, a family member or close friend is…

postheadericon Composting gin trash – how to compost cotton gin trash

Composting gin trash – how to compost cotton gin trash

Image by flattop341 By Bonnie L. Grant The processing of cotton leaves behind chaff, seeds and other plant material that is not useful to the industry. It is, however, a natural material that we can compost and turn into a rich source of nutrients to add back to soil. Cotton gins remove all the excess material and separate the cash crop from the debris. Composting gin trash, or these leftovers, can yield high levels of nitrogen and trace amounts of phosphorus and potassium. Recent innovations in compost machinery show farmers…

postheadericon Making and using horse manure compost

Making and using horse manure compost

Image by Squeezyboy By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Horse manure is a good source of nutrients and a popular addition to many home gardens. Composting horse manure can help your compost pile become super charged. Let’s look at how to use horse manure as fertilizer and in the compost pile. Is Horse Manure Good Fertilizer? Readily available in many rural areas or through reputable suppliers, horse manure makes a suitable and inexpensive fertilizer for plants. Horse manure can give new plants a jump start while providing essential…

postheadericon Using chicken manure fertilizer in your garden

Using chicken manure fertilizer in your garden

Image by Katie Brady By Heather Rhoades When it comes to manures, there is none more desired for the vegetable garden than chicken manure. Chicken manure for vegetable garden fertilizing is excellent, but there are some things you need to know about it in order to use it correctly. Keep reading to learn more about chicken manure compost and how to use it in the garden. Using Chicken Manure for Vegetable Garden Fertilizer Chicken manure fertilizer is very high in nitrogen and also contains a good amount of potassium and…

postheadericon Composting tomato plants: when to compost tomatoes

Composting tomato plants: when to compost tomatoes

Image by urbanfoodie33 By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener There has always been much discussion among gardeners and horticultural professionals as to the question, “Is it ok to compost tomatoes?” or, more specifically, spent tomato plants. Let’s take a look at a few arguments against composting tomato plants and a discussion on the best way to compost your tomato plants should you choose to do so. Is It Ok to Compost Tomatoes? Once the gardening season has ended, there can be a great number of old tomato plants left lingering. Many…

postheadericon Turning your compost heap – how to aerate a compost pile

Turning your compost heap – how to aerate a compost pile

Image by Susana Secretariat By Heather Rhoades Compost in the garden is often called black gold, and for good reason. Compost adds an amazing amount of nutrients and helpful microbes to our soil, so it makes sense that you would want to make as much compost as you can in the shortest amount of time. Turning your compost heap can help with this. Why Turning Compost Helps At a basic level, the benefits in turning your compost come down to aeration. Decomposition happens because of microbes and these microbes need…

postheadericon Composting basics: how does composting work

Composting basics: how does composting work

Image by solylunafamilia By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Regardless of your current soil conditions, the addition of compost can transform it into a healthy growing medium for plants. Compost can be worked into the soil by hand or tilling or added as top dressing. It also makes suitable mulch. Composting Basics Numerous benefits are associated with the use of compost. It can enhance the soil, building up the structure and texture. It increases airflow and water retention. Compost also stabilizes pH levels and supports essential bacteria. Compost…

postheadericon Worm casting tea recipe: learn how to make a worm casting tea

Worm casting tea recipe: learn how to make a worm casting tea

Image by sasimoto By Liz Baessler Vermicomposting is the creation of nutritious compost using worms. It’s easy (the worms do most of the work) and extremely good for your plants. The resulting compost is often called worm castings and it’s what the worms have cast off as they eat the scraps you feed them. It is, essentially, worm poop, but it’s loaded with nutrients your plants need. Worm casting tea is what you get when you steep some of your castings in water, just like you would steep tea leaves….

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 Earthworms in soil: learn about the benefits of garden worms

Earthworms in soil: learn about the benefits of garden worms

Image by Mikhail Kokhanchikov By Bonnie L. Grant Worms play an important part in soil construction and recycling of organic waste. They are a part of a network of organisms that turn refuse into nutrient rich soil. These nutrients are one of the benefits of garden worms to plant growth. Worms in gardens also perform cultivation functions that increase soil porosity and allow oxygen in to roots. Encourage earthworms in soil or even try worm composting to experience the life-giving effects of worm castings. Earthworm Benefits Worms tunnel in soil…