Kitchen Composter Guide

By | 07.07.2002

When you first decide that you are going to use your backyard for growing vegetables, you may start to feel a sense of slight panic about how you are going to plan it, what seeds you want to plant and wonder how, if you can, succeed at vegetable gardening. Let me put your fears at rest because if you follow your heart and a few simple tips in this vegetable gardening guide, then you too can have a beautiful and well planned vegetable garden design to be proud of.

When you first start to plan your vegetable garden, then you need to know what kind of soil you have to work with, since the type of soil you have will determine what vegetables and plants you will be able to grow successfully. If your soil is not the best quality, then you can mix in large volumes of organic compost and soil that will increase your soil’s potential, fertility and moistness. If you are on a budget then you could always try and make your own compost and store it in a kitchen composter or a compost tumbler. Any of the kitchen leftovers, like vegetable shavings and cuttings, fruit cores, pips and seeds, egg shells or any degradable food waste can be placed into a hole that you will dig in the corner of your garden. Once the hole is full, place a layer of the soil loosely over it again. Within a few days to a week you will have fresh, organic compost that has cost you nothing but a little extra time and effort. Some area’s local council will provide you with free composting bins to help with recycling. This can become a rich source of compost that is perfect for giving your garden essential nutrients. If you decide to make compost tea, make sure to store it in a designated compost pail to avoid contamination.

The next thing you will need to plan is what vegetables you want to plant and where you want to plant them. Now that you have ensured that your soil is fertile and ready for growing vegetables, you need to decide what type of beds you want to create for them. You can create open soil beds that are marked out using wires or even small fences to separate them. Then the seeds are planted directly into the open soil. Another option is raised bed gardening. Raised beds have a few advantages over open soil beds. They are often more effective and the outcome more guaranteed in success. It all comes down to the amount of sunlight you get on your plot, the amount of rain and watering as well as how much you fertilize your soil. But open soil beds are just as effective, if not more, in other ways.


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