By Paul Epsom
Follow us week by week for what you should be doing and planting in and around your garden. This week, it's all about composting.
By Paul Epsom from The Victory Garden
Time to talk about composting. No garden is complete without a compost pile so if you don’t have one already it’s time to make one.
Step one. Choose a place that is close to the garden and close to the kitchen but out of sight (these things aren’t pretty).
Step two. Find a bin. You can make one out of wire mesh or wood or buy one at your local gardening or hardware store.
The two basic elements that make up compost are green garden debris—that includes grass clippings, old flowers, or vegetable matter—and brown garden debris, which is basically dry leaves.
Green ingredients are high in nitrogen and brown materials are high in carbon. The best compost is a mix of one part green to two parts brown. Mixed together, the materials heat-up then break down. For better compost – it’s important to turn the compost over about once a week.
Never put animal waste, meat, oil, or dairy products in your compost. It’s also not good to put in weeds that have gone to seed or plants treated with pesticides or herbicides.
You should have finished compost in about two months but it continues to get better with time. Your compost should be dark brown, moist and smell like dirt. Mix the finished compost into your garden’s soil and your plants will love it.