Got lots of leaves? Want to make mulch? A leaf mulcher or leaf shredder is a useful addition to any gardener’s arsenal of garden tools. You can reduce your yard waste from 10 bags to 1 bag and you bag your debris by simply placing a bag under the shredder catching your waste for easy removal or creating some mulch for your garden. The best leaf mulchers can also help you make your own organic mulch, which is great for our environment.
Organic Gardening with Compost
Composting can be a fun family project and produces great organic fertilizer for gardens. Everyday table waste and trash can be easily composted. To save money on groceries, more people are thinking about growing a garden to help feed their families. Composting is a great way to make organic fertilizer to use in the garden. The addition of organic fertilizer builds up the garden soil by adding nutrients. Since it is organic, the fertilizer does not contain pesticides or herbicides and will not harm the people who eat the food from the garden.
The organic materials that get added to compost piles, compost bins, or a compost tumbler are things that typically get thrown in the trash. By composting these items instead, a family or individual can be creating organic compost year-round that will make their garden grow and be bountiful all summer long.
The Basics of Composting
The simplest way to compost materials is to keep the organic materials that are good for composting and piling it together. The methods described above all use the basic principles of adding organic materials, water, and air to allow the products to get hot enough to breakdown and create rich compost.
Add the items in the list below to the compost bin in small enough pieces that they will breakdown easily. For example, large newspaper can be ripped into individual pages then torn in half. Spread layers of food scraps, newspaper, grass clippings or other organic material, a small amount of manure if desired and water till damp. Continue adding organic material as it becomes available.
Turn the compost pile or bin weekly to help the organic materials get mixed into the hot part of the compost to breakdown faster. A small compost pile can be ready to use in a few months if it is consistently turned or aerated and kept damp but not wet.
Choose How to Compost
The choices of how to compost include using the following methods:
- Compost piles are simply areas in the yard or garden where waste products are piled, allowed to decompose, and scooped out when they have turned to compost to use as fertilizer.
- Compost bins are enclosures, either hand made or bought, that the waste materials are thrown into to better contain the organic materials until it turns to compost.
- A compost tumbler is similar to a compost bin but is designed to be turned so the compost material can be tumbled instead of having to manually turn the compost to aerate it. You can make your own DIY compost tumbler.
Using these composting tips won’t guarantee a great-producing garden, but they will help gardeners make good fertilizer that makes the harvest safe for their family to eat. Young children can toss food scraps into compost piles, and older children can help turn the compost, aerating it so the materials break down faster producing good compost quickly.