Friday, June 6, 2008

Composting


My husband and I have attempted to have a garden every year for the last 8 years. Most years it hasn't been a very pretty sight. But thanks to the help of a friend, we enriched the soil this year with peat, bone meal, sand, and manure and things are growing beautifully!

Despite our history with gardening, we love it for health reasons and for the cheap, organic food it provides. We would like to start composting to make enriching the soil less expensive.

If anyone has any great tips for getting us started, we would love to hear from you! Leave a comment!

7 comments:

MikeinMass said...

Check out this forum:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/soil/

I like the Gardenweb forums as there is a forum for just about everything you can think of.

Careful though...composting can become addictive!

Betsy said...

I don't know how to get started, but I do know my grandparents keep a large plastic container by the sink (like a large butter container) and then put all the scraps of food in there. I know that it makes it an easy way to remember your composting, and easy to keep up, just dump it in the heap every night. :)

The Frugal Homemaker said...

I have struggled with my garden in the past too, but this year things really went well when I focused on only two things. I have a post about my recent tomato crop here:
http://homemakersresource.blogspot.com/2008/06/yummy-tomatoes.html

Stephanie said...

I personally don't have a compost pile yet, but I have been reading about Tammy's experience with hers at http://www.tammysrecipes.com/garbage_can_compost_bin

Mom is Broke said...

I have been composting for a year now, and I love it. I have a septic system where I live and hod to throw the food scraps in the garbage due to not being able to have a garbage disposable. Composting was the perfect solution.

I am just starting to compost my neighbors bunny poop in my compost too. It is supposed to be real good for the compost too. I hope so! Michelle

Mrs. Bargain Hunting Wife said...

I found a compost can on a website and had hubby make me one.

He took a garbage can with lid and drilled holes in the bottom and sides (not on seams) and I set it on a couple bricks to allow for drainage. I keep a bucket on my porch steps and just throw my stuff in it until I walk back to the garbage can. About once a week or so we mix it up with a shovel.

The only problem I've had is that I don't have enough stuff to compost and it blows over if its really windy. But yesterday Hubby put some sod in it to weigh it down.

jaime said...

I'm no expert, but have been composting and gardening for years. I simply keep an old 2 gallon ice cream bucket under the kitchen sink to gather table scraps in. Each evening I dump the bucket in my compost bin. (It is one that you buy at a gardening supply store that tumbles on a stand. When that get's full and I'm waiting for the compost to finish, I then dig holes in the dirt in empty spots in the garden and bury the scraps. Those compost rather quickly, too.