Ever wonder if there was really a way to ‘boost’ your fruits and vegetable production and overall growth without adding chemicals?
There’s a solution you need to hear about…..
Its called compost farming!
Now you are probably well familiar with what compost is – but if not here’s a quick overview.
Compost is the end product after leaving fruits, vegetables – and any and all plant life (weeds, plant trimmings, etc) into a bin (or in ditch in the ground) and letting it naturally rot away – this will leave behind ‘Supercharged’ natural fertilizer that the soil absorbs and in return feed to the plants.
The method of compost farming that we are going to do today is called ‘Compost Ditches’
How to create a compost ditch
Step 1: Select an area & dig your ditch
Selecting an area for your compost ditch is essential. When digging a ditch it can either be circular, squared, or whatever shape it needs to be to fit your garden. You want to dig deep enough where you could add a sufficient amount of compostable product 3-4 feet deep is well over enough. You want to make sure your ditch is deep enough so the soil can permeate the deep roots of your plants.
Step 2: Fill the ditch with your Garden/Kitchen scraps
Heres a list of what TO include in your compost in place
- Animal manure from herbivores (but not meat-eaters like dogs and cats)
- Clean cardboard
- Clean papers
- Paper towels (no ink if possible)
- Coffee grounds and the filters
- Cotton and wool rags
- Crushed eggshells (but not the eggs with the yolks)
- Fireplace white ashes
- Fruits and vegetables (try to take off the sticker)
- Weed and grass clippings, yard work gatherings
- Hair and furs
- Hay and straws
- Dead houseplants / Live houseplants (leaves filled with water & nutrients)
- Leaves from the garden
- Nutshells from leftovers
- Tea and tea bags
- Wood chips and sawdust
Heres list of what NOT to add
- Meat, fish, egg or chicken/poultry leftovers (because attracts odor problems and pests)
- Dairy products (because attracts odor problems and pests)
- Fats, greases, and oils (because attracts odor problems and pests)
- Coal or charcoal ash (because contains substances harmful to plants)
- Diseased or insect-ridden plants (diseases or insects might spread to dirt and other roots)
- Pet wastes (dog or cat feces, cat litter) (might contain germs harmful to the roots)
- Garden yard trimmings treated with pesticides (might kill composting organisms in the composting pile)
Step 3: Let mother nature do its thing
Let nature take it on from here. Contrary to some composting beliefs – some Gardners like to turn their compost once in a while – but there will be no need more that with our natural ditches (Unless you prefer too!) In nature fruits and dead leaves would fall from a tree and compost itself naturally – essentially we are doing the same thing but in different pockets around the yard!
Alternatives to Composting in place
On the other hand, if composting in place is not suitable in your area using a composter such as the FCMP Outdoor IM4000 Tumbling Composter is excellent because it avoids the hassle of digging and mixing your compost pile by hand. The tumbling design makes mixing efficient and simple. Just close the door and turn it 5-6 times every 2-3 days. In hot sunny conditions such as Florida plus with a proper balance of natural biodegradable ingredients the compost can finish in as little as 2 weeks.
Check out more information here on the composting tumbler here.
Overview of compost farming: Compost Farming is an excellent way to increase the production in your fruit and vegetables without adding any harmful fertilizers or chemicals and to your garden.