Archive for the ‘Composting’ Category

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 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 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 Using seaweed for compost: learn how to compost seaweed

Using seaweed for compost: learn how to compost seaweed

Image by bowenmurphy By Amy Grant Oceanside gardeners have an unexpected bounty just lying outside their door. Gardeners in the interior have to pay for this gardening gold. I’m talking about seaweed, long an ingredient in organic fertilizers. Composting seaweed for use as a home garden amendment is cheap and easy, and you can harness seaweed garden nutrients alone or as part of a mixed compost pile. Harvesting Seaweed Garden Nutrients Seaweed garden nutrients are relatively low in nitrogen and phosphorus but contain about 60 other trace elements, as well…

postheadericon Composting with coffee grounds – used coffee grounds for gardening

Composting with coffee grounds – used coffee grounds for gardening

Image by Michael Allen Smith By Heather Rhoades Whether you make your cup of coffee daily or you have noticed your local coffee house has started to put out bags of used coffee, you may be wondering about composting with coffee grounds. Are coffee grounds as fertilizer a good idea? And how do coffee grounds used for gardens help or hurt? Keep reading to learn more about coffee grounds and gardening. Composting Coffee Grounds Composting with coffee is a great way to make use of something that would otherwise end…

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 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 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 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 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…