and How to Compost
Composting ideas and learning how to compost will give you good quality soil which is essential for growing a garden.
Balanced composting ideas and "organic" pest control methods will help you to avoid poisoning yourself and your environment.
You want to avoid using any type of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides.
Common garden pests can be controlled with the use of beneficial insects such as the Ladybug.
Ladybugs like to eat garden pests like aphids.
How to Compost - The Basics
The organic matter you add to compost will provide the food for microorganisms which helps to keep soil in a healthy balanced state.
These microbes will be responsible for breaking down your compost and they will need a balanced diet of nitrogen and carbon.
Nitrogen comes from materials such as fruit peelings, grass clippings, manure, and vegetable scraps.
Carbon comes from materials such as hay, dead leaves, and shredded paper products.
There should be a balanced ratio of nitrogen materials to carbon
materials and using materials free of harmful chemicals is also advised.
Composting Ideas For a Compost Bin
Your compost will decompose the fastest at a temperature between 110 to 160 degrees F. Keeping your compost bin in direct sunlight will help aid this process.
Aerating your compost can be accomplished by either using a tumbler or a handy garden tool.
Your compost will shrink by at least half in size while decomposing and when your compost is ready it should have a rich dark color.
Learning how to compost is a great replacement for using synthetic
fertilizers and is a much more "organic" way to feed your plants.
traditional farmers tend to believe that the use of synthetic
fertilizers encourages bug infestation.
Insects are much like scavengers and are attracted to unhealthy
Healthy plants can ward off many adverse conditions when
planted in nutrient rich soil.
Easy Composting Ideas
with Wood Chips
Wood chips are a great way to make compost, but it may take a little time. And it is a great way to have your chickens do all of the work for you!
I highly recommend that you watch some of Paul's videos to get another perspective on growing a garden.
This is a man who was injured and can barely walk, yet he is able to
grow an abundance of food with wood chips and really good compost.
And I like that he uses a crew of chickens to help him turn his garden waste into great compost for growing a garden.
Natural Plant Pest Control
When creating your garden you should consider planting a few repellent
plants that have the ability to naturally repel insects.
Some popular repellent plants are chives, garlic, onions, cilantro, and mint.
Chickens can help to keep down the insects in a garden and chicken manure is full of nitrogen.
Common Garden Pests
Some of the most common garden pests are aphids, mealy bugs, slugs, mites, earwigs, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and flies.
Common garden pests can be dealt with in many ways and there are many natural ways of getting rid of the pests that live in your garden.
One of the oldest and most effective plant pest control methods is using beneficial insects that are the natural enemies to these undesirable pests/insects.
A great number of insects are showing resistance to chemical methods
of pest control.
By using a more natural form of plant pest control
your garden will benefit as well as your environment.
Beneficial insects such as ladybugs, praying mantis, and beneficial nematodes can be a great alternative when growing a garden.
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