It is therapeutic for some to garden. I love the way the earth feels between my
fingers, almost as good as the sand at the beach. I do feel digging and pulling
can be such good ways to get your anger, anxiety and angst out. I was hoping
since both Earth Day and Arbor Day are around this time of year, you may not
mind some ‘gardening tips.’
Earth Day is on April 22, 2015.
Arbor Day is on April 24, 2015.
S. Kelley Harrell, author of “Nature’s Gifts Anthology:”
“Regardless of geographical region or culture- -gardening is
perhaps the most common and shared experience of Nature.”
I have mentioned in recycling posts, we used to have a compost pile, while we
grew up in the 60’s through the 80’s. My parents discontinued this practice
when they retired, although they were great at recycling, also using various
parts of stuff that washed up on their beach, to make interesting additions to
Here are some suggestions on what to use for composting:
1. Fruit and vegetable scraps.
(More and more people use the peels for stew and soups,
also eating them off the fruit.)
2. Grass clippings, twigs, leaves and wood chips.
3. Eggshells, broken into small pieces.
4. Coffee grounds, loose tea and tea bags.
5. Unbleached coffee filters, paper and cardboard.
(Reminding you to buy unbleached coffee liners.)
To moisten your compost pile:
Add “green” (plant based) waste.
To dry and reduce moisture in your compost pile:
Add brown waste.
Please don’t use in your compost pile:
Meat and dairy products.
When you don’t have a yard or place to have a garden, you may enjoy a
windowsill box, planters and pots. If you compost, you generally want to
use the waste on outdoor plants. Lovely worms and other insects like when
you have a compost pile.
Composting in multi-tiered boxes:
Multi-tiered boxes are good for people looking for low maintenance but quicker
results than a pile or bin. The average to large household may wish to use this
method. The organic waste works it way downward through the decomposition
cycle, eventually the ‘finished compost’ comes out a door at the bottom.
The smaller bins system, allows the different elements to ‘cook’ faster, being
transformed into a rich, dark compost. Our pile was in the back corner of our
yard, where it was cordoned off with landscape beams. I used to like taking
a garden rake and ’tilling’ and turning the soil over. I liked the way it became
such a great way to fertilize naturally the gardens.
My good friend, Jenny and her husband, Dave, have a store bought compost
bin. This is used on many of their gardens outdoors.
The multi-tiered system has a series of stacked boxes with removable panels,
allowing organic waste to go from the top level down. Some users of this system
report their first ‘batch’ of compost ready to use in only four to six months.
There is one other way to compost, called the Green Cone method:
This is also possible to buy from “Solarcone Inc.” It can handle up to two
pounds of kitchen waste daily, including meat, fish and dairy.
It won’t compost ‘brown waste.’
Users bury the bottom basket in the yard.
Then, adding green waste, from plants and grass clippings, along with an
“accelerator powder” into the cone hole at the top.
The waste turns into water.
Every few years, users need to dig a small amount of residue out of the
bottom, that can be added to the garden.
Here is a plan or action steps to take:
“Don’t waste food.
Reduce your garbage.
Take only what you need from the land.”
I am not sure of the cost of the Green Cone method, but it sounded
fascinating in its description in the March, 2015 “Natural Awakenings”
Do you have any gardening or composting tips to share or add to this post?
I have been away from gardening for the past 8 years of living in an apt.
building but enjoy the lawn and gardens of Ohio Wesleyan Campus, my
own trailing ivy plants and seeing my oldest daughter and my friend, Jenny’s
great efforts to produce lovely vegetables and flowers. My son has a massive
garden, but is one who will start after Memorial Day. It always produces the
right amount of pumpkins in October, too.