HOW TO COMPOST IN A BIN-and what is black gold?

compost bin

Why do some people think composting is hard? Well I’m here to clear up this misconception and explain clearly how to compost in a bin. Compost is the best soil conditioner, fertilizer and soil amendment you can use. It’s simply taking any organic material tossed into a bin with added oxygen and water. This creates a compost sometimes called black gold and has many benefits for the earth and for a garden. Some examples of organic material would be kitchen scraps from leftover food, small twigs and leaves all shredded into small pieces. According to EPA.gov the food scraps and yard waste makes up 28% of what we throw away in the trash. Making compost helps keep these materials out of the landfills.

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STARTING A FOOD GARDEN….on a budget

Being at home so much has generated some new interests for us.  Our family has decided our new interest would be to start a food garden.  Starting a food garden has brought up many questions about soil, watering, bug control and sun exposure.  It’s a challenging but fun project.  And we have created some very unique solutions that might surprise you.

starting a food garden - masterclass training teaches gardening

Choose a good soil:

This is where you could get very involved with soil quality and cultivation.  The simple solution for our small backyard garden was prepared soil from the nursery and large planting buckets.  This allowed for instant successful growth so we could enjoy our garden immediately.  Be sure the bucket has holes so water can drain and start out by watering once per week.  Or how about a raised planter bed?  Check out a raised planter bed here to start a food garden.

 

starting a food garden - veggies and fruit

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