This year instead of sending your yard waste to the landfill as you clean up for planting…think about starting a compost pile. You don’t need a fancy compost bin or barrel; just pick out an out-of-the-way spot and start dumping your yard leftovers. Some people like to build a three-sided pen to keep things contained, leaving one side open to get in and turn the compost once a week or so. This will “feed” your compost and kick the decomposition process into high gear. As you add ingredients be sure to mix with a pitch fork to break up compacted layers and give your pile air. Don’t forget to add all you vegetable food waste, (don’t add meat or dairy – animal food sources can produce harmful bacteria as they decompose). Other great sources of compost include coffee grounds, black and white newspaper (shredded) and dryer lint. Your compost piel will love it and you’ll reduce the garbage your family produces.
It can take as little as three weeks to get usable garden much from your compost pile. Try Compost Plus® to speed up the process too. When you think the soil looks well broken down and much more like dirt than yard debris and waste, mix it with your garden soil. All those nutrients will be returned to you in a fabulous, organic harvest!