Kill two birds with one stone with food scrap composting

(Getting rid of food scraps and enriching your garden soil are both accomplished by the simple and time-honoured method of composting.)
Composting is a great way to use the things in your refrigerator that you didn’t get to, therefore eliminating waste. Keeping a container in your kitchen is an easy way to accumulate your composting materials. If you don’t want to buy one, you can make your own indoor or outdoor homemade compost bin. Collect these materials to start off your compost pile right:

Fruit scraps, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells.

Grass and plant clippings, dry leaves, finely chopped wood and bark chips.
Shredded newspaper, straw and sawdust from untreated wood.

Think twice before adding onions and garlic to your homemade compost pile. It is believed that these vegetables repel earthworms, which are a vital part of your garden.

Not only will these items not work as well in your garden, but they can make your compost smell and attract animals and pests. Avoid these items for a successful compost pile:

Anything containing meat, oil, fat, or grease
Diseased plant materials
Sawdust or chips from pressure-treated wood
Dog or cat feces
Weeds that go to seed
Dairy products

To make your own hot-compost heap, wait until you have enough materials to make a pile at least three feet deep. You are going to want to combine your wet, ‘green’ items with your dry, ‘brown’ items. ‘Brown’ materials include dried plant materials; fallen leaves; shredded tree branches, cardboard, or newspaper; hay or straw; and wood shavings, which add carbon.

‘Green’ materials include kitchen scraps and coffee grounds, animal manure (not from dogs or cats), and fresh plant and grass trimmings, which add nitrogen.

For best results, start building your compost pile by mixing three parts brown with one part green materials. If your compost pile looks too wet and smells, add more brown items or aerate more often. If you see it looks extremely brown and dry, add green items and water to make it slightly damp.

Pops of colour

Tulips are blooming and buds are popping on trees and shrubs all over the country. These are just a few of the signs that spring is well underway in the area.
The Leader is looking forward to another season of photographing ‘Beautiful Gardens’ in the coming months. There’s no reason a local gardens and gardeners can’t be photographed from a safe physical distance. If you know someone with a beautiful spring garden, give us a call at 780-849-4380 or email [email protected]

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