It’s Autumn, the time of year when our gardens, which were once a thing of pride, wither away and die. It might be the end of the growing season but you can still get some use out of that old garden that will benefit next year’s crops. Here are some tips for composting this fall.
Composting Fall Leaves
Dealing with leaves in the fall can be a real hassle. There’s so many. What to do? Leaves are rich in carbon and make excellent compost. Leaves also make a cheap and effective mulch and weed barrier. Add nitrogen-rich grass clippings for an even more effective mulch.
The remains of your garden that have been picked of their fruit are excellent for composting. Large plants like tomatoes, eggplants, and kale can be chopped up for easier compost. Plants with thicker stems like sunflowers or brussel sprouts should be placed in another location since they take a much longer time to break down. Do not put diseased or moldy plants in your compost bin.
Ashes from your fireplace or wood stove are a great addition to your compost bin. Ash is rich in nutrients and is already broken down. Only use clean ash from wood or other organic materials.
Make a Lasagna Garden
If you don’t have a compost bin or a garden you can avoid the pain of ripping up sod for a new one with the technique known as “lasagna gardening” This involves layering leaves, newspapers, grass clippings, pieces of cardboard and other organic items on top of each other. The materials will decompose during the winter and by the time spring arrives, you will have a bed of fertile, fluffy soil ready for planting.
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