Why Make Organic Compost For Your Garden?The whole point of composting waste in the garden is to turn organic material into nutrition for our plants, as well as to provide a well-structured soil for our vegetables to grow. Good news! You can improve your garden soil, including adding garden compost you made yourself, in many ways. Here are a few options:
- Burn the garden (do you need the fire department to stand by?)
- Add fertilizers (is it natural and organic?)
- Incorporate manure (but is it organic?)
- Add compost (should you buy it or make it?)
- hot composting
- cold composting
- How to make compost from weeds
- How to compost with worms
- How to compost wood chips fast
- Trench composting
- The best compost for your vegetable garden
How To Make Organic Compost At HomeWays to make your gardening organic:
- using organic seeds
- avoiding chemicals
- using organic compost/improvers
- Kitchen scraps
- Egg shells
- Some antibiotics and other drugs (like de-wormers) are not compatible with organic growth.
- It is also quite common for farmers to use chemical herbicides to control certain unwanted plants. How do you know for sure that those chemicals aren’t entering your food chain?
How can you obtain organic manure?Probably the best approach for securing organic manure would be to do so through an organic meat producer. Remember that their manure is valuable to their own farming, so don’t expect it for free. You can purchase bagged manure, such as steer manure and chicken manure that is certified organic. It’s expensive, but a little goes a long way.
Getting organic compostMunicipal or council produced compost might be an option for a home gardener. But it’s not necessarily good for an organic grower, as the waste that the council collects to make the compost is completely untraceable. Buying organic compost can be very expensive, but most lawn and garden stores have bags of organic compost for sale. Or you can make your own. Learning how to make organic compost is probably the best way to become an organic gardener. It might be a long road, and in the end, you might decide that 100% organic is not that important. But as long as you get good, nutritious food you grew yourself your family will thrive without spending a lot at the grocery store of the vegetable market. Making your own compost will give you control over your compost pile. And whether you make hot or cold compost, you will need to be careful of what you put in your compost bins or composter. No matter what you end up doing, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your garden and the food you harvest from it!
Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check your her books below: