Composting is one of the home arts that were practiced by our ancestors on a regular basis but fell out of favor some time after the second World War. Because composting that is not done correctly can have many adverse consequences, many people are reluctant to try it in their own homes. For instance, compost bins can attract marauding wildlife and can even become neighborhood nuisances due to their smell. It is not as easy as simply putting your kitchen scraps into a box and watching them turn into a rich soil amendment Read the rest of this entry »
Vermicomposting involves worms breaking down pieces of fruits, vegetables and various other foods from a home’s kitchen. This is an environmentally-friendly way to get rid of fruits, vegetables, and other items not eaten by the members of a household. Consider some of the specific benefits of vermicomposting.
The whole point of vermicomposting is that food is broken down in a natural way. It isn’t ground up or simply thrown away. With the help of the worms in the pile, these food items become a part of the environment Read the rest of this entry »
Decomposing organic material or compost contains nutrients vital for the land used in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and gardens. Individuals can create inexpensive compost at home by making a container from wire mesh that allows circulation of air. Gardeners must place the container outside to hold dried leaves, grass clippings and organic kitchen waste. Occasionally, adding a small amount of soil and water while stirring the mixture helps the compost to develop faster. The homemade humus makes an excellent fertilizer that helps to Read the rest of this entry »
A compost pile is the natural, green alternative to chemical fertilizers in your garden. Creating your own compost pile is very simple and only requires a little time before you are ready to incorporate your own kitchen scraps into your summer garden.
It is best to opt for a large container when creating compost. You can make your own container out of leftover wood scraps or you can opt for a BPA free plastic container. Some gardeners simply pile their kitchen scraps in the same place each day without using a container at all. Read the rest of this entry »
Fertilizers are a means to improve that state of your yard and to help plants grow as healthy and beautiful as possible. But chemical fertilizers are damaging to the environment and can cause a buildup of harmful chemicals to live in your soil for years. Below are five natural methods:
Consumer composters can turn lawn clippings and food scraps into usable compost in just a few weeks. Grass is nitrogen rich, making mowed grass a Read the rest of this entry »