Compost articles from Mother Earth News
- Better Way to Fertilize Your Garden - Homemade Organic Fertilizer, by Steve Solomon, June/July 2006
- Your crops will thrive with this organic soil-building plan.
- Beginner's Guide to Fertile Soil and Raised Garden Beds, by Alison Rogers, May 2007
- When you build permanent garden beds and paths, you protect the soil structure from compaction by foot traffic-an important step in maintaining soil health.
- Build Better Soil With Free Organic Fertilizer, by Cheryl Long and Barbara Pleasant, April/May 2008
- Avoid expensive fertilizers — here are your best organic options, including two that you won’t even have to pay for!
- Build Permanent Beds and Paths, by Cheryl Long, April/May 2007
- Permanent beds make gardening easier and soil healthier. Includes annually adding compost, building new beds and soil testing.
- Building Fertile Soil, by Doreen G. Howard, June/July 2003
- Use these low-till, low-work methods to enhance the soil in your garden. Includes information on mycorrhizal fungi.
- Compost Made Easy, by Barbara Pleasant, October/November 2006
- These 10 facts about composting will help you turn food and yard waste into garden gold.
- Compost Tumblers,by Brook Elliott, April/May 2003
- Mother tests several compost tumblers and shares results, including tumbler styles, feature pros and cons, operating factors, test results.
- Eight Strategies for Better Garden Soil, by Harvey Ussery, June/July 2007
- Use these natural methods to build healthier garden soil.
- Horse Manure - Ask Our Experts
- Can I use horse manure and straw bedding to make compost? Yes! In fact, it makes great compost, according to the Maryland Cooperative Extension Office
- Is it OK to compost or not?, by Barbara Pleasant, May 2008
- Compost expert Barbara Pleasant calls on people everywhere to take responsibility for their yard and kitchen waste.
- Leaves for Chicken Bedding and Compost, by Kellie Gardner, August/September 2008
- Use dry leaves for bedding in your chicken coop.
- Make Easy Compost Tea, by Ed Bowser, Sr., April/May 2007
- A barrel of manure and some water combine to provide great nutrients to garden plants.
- Make Your Own Potting Soil, by Barbara Pleasant, December 2008/January 2009
- Nutritious potting soil will give your seedlings and house plants a good place to grow. You can buy potting soil or make your own. Combine a bit of dirt, some well aged compost and a handful of sand for good drainage to form an inexpensive and handy planting medium for your new garden seedlings or old-friend house plants.
- Office Paper - Ask Our Experts
- I have read about using newspaper as mulch, but what about using office paper for mulch or composting? Many people use shredded non-glossy paper in mulch or compost, where it typically degrades in a single season. Since paper is a wood product, you should regard it as a high-carbon soil additive, similar to sawdust. When using it to make compost…
- Recycle Your Leaves, by Cheryl Long, November/December 2005
- Here are four ways to recycle this valuable resource on your yard and in your garden
- Reusing Tea and Coffee Grounds for Compost by Clare Hafferman, June/July 2008
- You can put used coffee grounds and tea bags into your compost pile.
- Secure Compost Bin, by Michelle Higgins, October/November 2005
- Transform metal garbage cans into functional compost bins.
- Use Wood Mulch to Build Great Garden Soil, by Barbara Pleasant, October/November 2010
- Sawdust and wood chip mulches will conserve water, control weeds and build long-term soil fertility.
- Walnut Hulls - Ask Our Experts
- Can you compost black walnut hulls? The mention of black walnut trees makes many gardeners groan, because all of the plants parts, from leaf to root tip, contain a substance called juglone that causes severe stunting…
- Watch Out for Killer Compost, by Cheryl Long and Barbara Pleasant, October/November 2008
- Home food gardens are falling victim to a persistent pesticide found in some forms of compost.
- Worms! Soil Building Workhorses, by Barbara Pleasant, June/July 2008
- Use the free services of resident earthworms to make one of nature’s most potent fertilizers.
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