Category: Composting

Worm Composting

WORMS — NATURE’S GARBAGE DISPOSAL Earthworms have been converting organic waste into usable form for millions of years. They provide a simple, environmentally sound means to change organic waste into a nutrient-rich material that can be used on your plants or lawn. Though most of us are familiar with composting leaves and plant waste outdoors, … […]

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Why Compost?

“A rind is a terrible thing to waste!” No one knows for certain, but most likely composting has been around since the dawn of civilization. According to information found on the Internet, some have speculated that our ancestors “many moons” ago dumped food waste in piles near their camps and noticed that, as the food … […]

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Winter Composting

Factors affecting the decomposition rate of organic matter include time, temperature, moisture and oxygen levels, and particle size. In winter, air temperature becomes the deciding factor. In the compost pile, microbes responsible for the breakdown of organic matter are still active, even when the temperature drops. The center of the pile can be warm and … […]

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Kitchen Compost Pile

You’ve got FREE food and compost at your fingertips! Who wouldn’t love that? Using fresh vegetables and fruits are not only healthy foods for our bodies, but also your source for free compost to feed your plants and seeds. Compost is essential for sandy and clay soils. It adds nutrients, retains moisture and loosens difficult … […]

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Protective Mulch

Dry, hot East Texas weather can be devastating to vegetable and flower gardens. To give them a fighting chance, gather organic materials to use as a protective mulch. Pine needles, bark, leaves, hay, grass clippings, or compost are excellent mulches and are available at little or no cost. Layer mulch two to four inches deep … […]

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Using Compost Wisely

Using organic materials in the home landscape makes good sense. An excellent way of utilizing fall leaves, in addition to composting them, is using them as a mulch in the garden or landscape. A blanket of leaves will also provide an effective insulation for tender vegetation during winter months. Shredded leaves tend to stay in … […]

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Recycle Leaves and Grass

Using organic materials in the home landscape makes good sense. An excellent way of utilizing fall leaves, in addition to composting them, is using them as a mulch in the garden or landscape. A blanket of leaves will also provide an effective insulation for tender vegetation during winter months. Shredded leaves tend to stay in … […]

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Use Fallen Leaves

Now is the time to rake those leaves that are beginning to smother your grass and put them to work in a compost pile. Start with six to eight inches in a pile at least three feet in diameter. You can use a compost cage, which is neater, or just start a pile. (Then scoop … […]

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Mulching

Now that our hottest weather is almost upon us, gardeners should consider the many benefits of mulching: Reduces the temperature of the soil Maintains the moisture level of the soil Improves infiltration of irrigation and rainfall Softens hard clay soils Reduces the amount of water needed for sandy soils Helps control weeds Discourages soil-borne plant … […]

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Gardener’s Gold

Compost is a soft, crumbly, brownish or blackish substance when properly made. As landfills are needed for waste and many live where burning is prohibited, composting offers a good way for disposing of vegetation. For an average garden, the gardener should stack material four to six feet high in an enclosure that has an opening … […]

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