Fertilize With Compost

Composting is something that’s easy to do, good for the environment, good for your yard and garden, and good for your pocketbook. Because it’s a natural way of fertilization, you avoid putting harmful chemicals in the ground. If you begin now, you will be all set for next spring’s planting season.

You can construct a compost bin out of something as simple as chicken wire, or go without a container in a shady unexposed area of your yard. Some general guidelines for composting include the following:

  1. Almost any food scraps can be composted including fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, and coffee or tea grounds.
  2. Meat and fish, either raw or cooked should not be composted since they give off odors and will attract unwanted guests.
  3. Save the grass clippings from your lawn and add to the pile.
  4. Add raked leaves.
  5. Cardboard, including the tubes from paper towels and wrapping paper, as well as non-glossy paper are also beneficial.
  6. Turn the pile over frequently, and particularly when you add food scraps.
  7. Toss a couple shovelfuls of dirt into the mix.
  8. Keep it moist, but not drenched.