Tips to start composting for your gardenWhether you’re a gardening novice trying to supplement your dinner table with some homegrown veggies or an entrepreneur who earns a living off the land, composting is a simple way to go green and help save the environment.
By: Statepoint Media, Forum News Service
The Twin Ports area already is well-known for its numerous sustainability organizations and initiatives.
But here’s something you can do on your own to make a difference.
Whether you’re a gardening novice trying to supplement your dinner table with some homegrown veggies or an entrepreneur who earns a living off the land, composting is a simple way to go green and help save the environment.
You don’t have to be an environmentalist to compost, either. Compost, which is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled and used for fertilizing soil, is great for your garden and will help reduce landfill waste. In addition, composting in your home garden will help you save money.
“Using compost means your garden will be more cost-effective because you will have to spend less on fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides for a given harvest of any crop,” said Brett L. Markham, author of “The Mini Farming Guide to Composting,” the latest in his Mini Farming book series.
Across the country people are embracing the concept of self-sufficiency and preparedness, “mini farming” anywhere from rooftop urban gardens to suburban backyards to larger land plots. Growing food is easier than ever and composting is a huge part of this movement.
Markham, who also has written the bestselling “Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre” as well as mini farming guides to fermenting and vegetable gardening, offers these gardening tips to get started on composting:
Once you add the compost to your garden, you’ll be ready to start planting in two to five weeks.
Composting is the first easy step to helping the environment while growing your own food. So make the most out of your garden, and start digging.