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Using Compost to Mulch Plants and Trees

Compost, whether you buy it or make it yourself makes tremendous mulch. Organic mulch, such as that derived from compost, has all the usual benefits in addition to supplying nutrients to the soil as it [more…]

How to Top-Dress Lawns with Compost

If you've gone through the effort of making rich compost of your own, you can use it to top-dress your lawn for thicker, healthier grass. You can use compost to top-dress both new and existing lawns. [more…]

How to Compost with Worms

Vermicomposting is a composting method that employs certain worm species to consume and convert organic matter into a useful soil amendment and organic fertilizer. Provide moist bedding at all times for [more…]

How to Help Your Composting Worms Thrive

In addition to bedding and food, your composting worms need appropriate temperature, moisture, oxygen, and pH levels to thrive. Here are some basics for maintaining a healthy environment for your worms [more…]

How to Turn a Garbage Can into a Composter

One inexpensive option for making your own compost container is to use a large, recycled garbage can. Contact the department responsible for trash pickup [more…]

How to Make a Straw-Bale Compost Bin

Straw bales can be stacked to create a simple and inexpensive compost bin. As an organic material, straw breaks down and decomposes over time, and you can eventually incorporate it into your compost pile [more…]

Carbon-Rich Materials for Your Compost Pile

You need to add carbon materials to your compost pile to provide energy for microorganisms while they break down your organic matter. Carbons for the compost pile include the following: [more…]

Nitrogen-Rich Materials for Your Compost Pile

Greens provide bodybuilding proteins for the microorganisms crunching through your organic matter. Nitrogen-rich materials are called greens because most of them are greenish in color. The following are [more…]

Getting the Right Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratio in Your Compost

You might think composting is hard when you learn that you need to feed your compost carbon and nitrogen. And on top of that, it needs to be in the correct amounts. You're not a chemist [more…]

Materials You Cannot Compost

Composting isn't a free-for-all. You can't toss in anything and everything you come across waste-wise and expect it to produce usable, healthy compost. Some materials definitely don't qualify as compost [more…]

Choosing a Location for Your Compost Pile

You've decided to get into the composting game. Way to go! First, you need to figure out a good location in your landscape to situate your composting efforts. To be a good neighbor, take into account your [more…]

How to Build a Compost Bin from Wood Pallets

Wood shipping pallets are a great option for creating highly effective composting systems, especially when you have a lot of organic matter to process. You can build a compost bin from wood pallets in [more…]

Assessing Your Site for Organic Gardening

Before starting your organic garden, take an inventory of your garden’s conditions. Match plants to different sites and choose only those plants that can grow to their full potential where you plan to [more…]

Reasons to Become an Organic Gardener

In case you’re wondering why it makes sense to garden organically, here are just a few of the many reasons why people do it (in order of many people’s priority): [more…]

An Organic Gardening Calendar

Use this organic gardening calendar to keep track of what you need to do in each season, and remember to always work with nature, rather than against it. [more…]

Organic Gardening For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Many people proudly claim to be environmentalists, while knowing very little about how to be a good steward of their own garden. Organic gardening is about more than producing safe food and chemical-free [more…]

The Benefits of Organic Fertilizers

Organic fertilizers are a kinder, gentler way to give plants the nutrients they need. Organic fertilizers usually come from plants, animals, or minerals and contain a variety of nutrients to enhance the [more…]

Reasons for Organic Gardening

Besides the obvious reasons for organic gardening, like growing pesticide-free food and maintaining a landscape without synthetic fertilizers, here are just a few of the many other reasons to become an [more…]

Assessing Your Organic Garden Site

When you're planning your organic garden, you have to first take an inventory of your site. Your goal is to encourage healthy, pest-resistant plants, so choose plants that can grow to their full potential [more…]

IPM: Using Integrated Pest Management in Organic Gardening

IPM (integrated pest management) is a practice that combines biological, cultural, physical and chemical strategies to control pests. Organic gardeners use IPM techniques as the least toxic, least environmentally [more…]

Urban Farming: How to Create Composted Fertilizer

Compost can be a great way to reduce your trash and sustainably produce your own fertilizer for your urban farm. Compost is both the process by which many gardeners manage the decomposition of organic [more…]

Urban Farming: How to Compost with Worms

Worms are amazing decomposers and will produce excellent fertilizer important for urban farming. They’re voracious vegetarians, eating materials such as vegetable kitchen scraps, fruit peels, shredded [more…]

Farming with Raised Beds in an Urban Environment

The key to success in any annual flower or veggie garden is a properly prepared soil bed, and in an urban environment, the best way to prepare a soil bed is to use a [more…]

Organic Urban Farming with Plant Matter

The soil is the heart of your urban farm, and organic matter is the soul of your soil. Organic matter in the soil is miraculous stuff. It can take a sandy, lifeless soil and make it teem with vitality [more…]

Urban Farming with Organic Fertilizers

Many urban farmers favor organic fertilizers over chemical ones for several reasons. Although organic fertilizers may be slower to release their nutrients, they offer you and your garden many advantages [more…]

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