Archive for the ‘Composting’ Category

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 Composting toilets – the advantages and disadvantages of a composting toilet

Composting toilets – the advantages and disadvantages of a composting toilet

Image by redjar By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Using composting toilets can help reduce water usage. This type of toilet consists of a well-ventilated container that houses and decomposes human waste. How Do Composting Toilets Work? Unlike conventional toilet systems, there is no flushing involved. Compost toilets depend on aerobic bacteria to break down waste, similar to that of outdoor composting. Rather than flushing, waste is composted with carbon-rich sources like wood shavings, bark mulch, leaves, etc. The end product, as with any compost, is a soil-like…

postheadericon Bananas in compost: how to compost banana peels

Bananas in compost: how to compost banana peels

Image by claireknights By Heather Rhoades Many people are excited to find out that they can use banana peels as fertilizer. Using banana peels in compost is a great way to add both organic material and some very important nutrients to your compost mix. Learning how to compost banana peels is easy, but there are a few things you need to be aware of when putting banana in compost. The Effect of Bananas on Soil Compost Putting banana peel in your compost pile will help add calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphates,…

postheadericon Garden recycling: using garbage to make your plants grow better

Garden recycling: using garbage to make your plants grow better

Image by Beatrice Murch By Stan V. Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District If there is one thing most gardeners know how to do, and do well, it is garden recycling. In one way or another, we have done some making of compost – such as when we harvest out carrots of radishes, cutting the tops off and tossing them back onto the garden soil to turn them under where they are then broken down, feeding the micro-organisms in the soil and building it up. Let’s look…

postheadericon Eggshells in the garden: using eggshells in soil, compost and as pest control

Eggshells in the garden: using eggshells in soil, compost and as pest control

Image by Peter Lindberg By Heather Rhoades Many people don’t know that using eggshells in the garden can help in many ways. If you are wondering what to do with crushed eggshells (or whole eggshells for that matter), keep reading. We will look at how eggshells can help your compost, soil and even keep away a few common pests. Eggshells in Compost A common question is can you put eggshells in compost heaps? The answer to this is yes, you can. Adding eggshells to compost will help add calcium to the make…

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 sawdust in your compost pile

Using sawdust in your compost pile

Image by SMcGarnigle By Heather Rhoades Most people who keep a compost pile know about the typical things you can add to it. These things may include weeds, food scraps, leaves and grass clippings. But what about some of the more unusual things? Things that may not come out of your garden or your kitchen? Things like sawdust. Using Sawdust in Compost These days, woodworking is a popular pasttime (though not as popular as gardening). A great many people enjoy putting objects together with their own two hands and enjoy the…

postheadericon Composting cardboard: information on types of cardboard to compost safely

Composting cardboard: information on types of cardboard to compost safely

Image by sacratomato_hr By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Using cardboard in compost is a rewarding experience that makes great use of boxes taking up space. There are different types of cardboard to compost, so knowing what you are working with beforehand is important when learning how to compost cardboard boxes. Can I Compost Cardboard? Yes, you can compost cardboard. In fact, cardboard waste makes up over 31 percent of landfills, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Composting cardboard is a practice that is becoming more popular now that…

postheadericon Composting with newspaper – putting newspaper in a compost pile

Composting with newspaper – putting newspaper in a compost pile

Image by DaveBleasdale By Heather Rhoades If you receive a daily or weekly newspaper or even just pick one up on occasion, you may be wondering, “cCn you compost newspaper?” It seems such a shame to throw away so much. Let’s take a look at whether newspaper in your compost pile is acceptable and if there are any concerns when composting newspapers. Can You Compost Newspaper? The short answer is, “Yes, newspapers in the compost pile are just fine. Newspaper in compost is considered to be a brown composting material…

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…