If you know one thing about gardening, it’s that plants need more than just sunshine and water to grow and thrive. Don’t get us wrong, sunshine and water do a lot for our plants, but plants, just like ourselves, need nutrients to survive.
Composting is a great, cost-effective and easy way to provide these nutrients to your growing plants.
Many don’t know where to start with composting, but these Perth landscapers are here to change that.
Want to know 4 composting tips for an abundant garden? Read more from LHP Landscaping and Joel Irrigation to find out.
Tip #1: Understanding compost
The act of composting involves taking any organic materials from your garden and kitchen and turning them into nutrient-rich food for your garden.
The benefits of compost:
- Boosts plants abilities to fight common diseases,
- Enhances the taste of fruits, herbs and veggies,
- Retains soil moisture, and
- Reduces your household’s scraps from natural food wastage.
Here’s how to do it:
- Put organic materials into a designated container – this will eventually and naturally decompose.
- Watch and wait for this natural recycling process to take place (it will take anywhere between 1 and 12 months to completely decompose).
- Use the end result (often referred to as gardeners as ‘black gold’) liberally on your garden to enhance growth and abundance.
Once you understand how easy composting really is, you’re well and truly on your way to your very own lush and abundant garden.
Tip #2: What can you put into compost?
Below, we’ve compiled a list of great materials to compost:
- Fruit and vegetable scraps,
- Coffee grounds, loose tea and tea bags,
- Shredded leaves and grass clipping, and even
Chances are most, if not all of the above you have within your home. Save this waste from landfill and let it enrich your garden instead.
Is there anything you shouldn’t compost? Yes! Don’t compost meat and dairy products, cat or dog faeces.
Tip #3: How to compost at home
You can choose to buy a store-bought compost bin/system or build your own.
If you build your own, a good DIY idea is building a box with wooden posts or pallets with exterior metal fencing to hold the soil in.
- Add a few layers of grass clippings or shredded leaves at the bottom of your compost bin.
- Every day add your good-to-go composting materials (i.e. kitchen waste) to it.
- Keeping a small bin designated to your compost in the kitchen will save you many trips a day to the compost system outside.
Finally, you’ll need to turn your compost, either with a shovel or your store-bought compost bin in-built turning mechanism.
Tip #4: When to compost
There’s no right or wrong time to start composting to create and sustain an abundant garden.
Remember to fertilise first, because fertiliser feeds the plants, whilst compost feeds the soil.
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