Getting Ready to Plant Your Garden

‘Tis the season to make all gardeners itch for the planting season. With the weather warming up, it’s time to plan the layout for the garden for fresh vegetables this summer.

While you might be planning this year’s layout, it’s never too early to think ahead to next year, even though the frost might still be fresh on your current garden. A good, successful garden is only as good as the nutrients in your dirt.

While you’re itching for just that right moment to plant that first seed, you can start on your activities by planning and making your own compost pile. It can be done for little money, or even free if you have the resources near you. Nothing says “green-ness” like making your own dirt for your own garden, to grow your own plants.

A successful compost heap needs very few things to get going. You will want to place your “pile” in a somewhat shady area, but where you can still get bits of sunshine throughout the day. Ventilation is key, as the air will help your pile break down. If you have the availability of free pallets near you, grab three and make a three-sided “box.” If not, you can simply peg four 2×4’s into the ground, and use metal fencing or anything available to you for the inexpensive to make the sides. Make sure your sides let the air flow into the pile.

You will want to start with a good base of straw, hay or anything “brown” available to you. Add “greens” such as freshly cut grass (when the time comes) or unused fresh produce. Alternate the “greens” and “browns” and keep your pile moist. This may require spraying with the garden hose, or watering depending on how big you want your pile to be. To increase airflow, poke holes down into the pile to aerate. If done correctly, you will feel the heat! If you have the availability of chicken or rabbit droppings, they provide excellent nutrients to get the pile going. Do NOT add any other waste, such as dog, cat or human (yes, some have tried that) it can be dangerous for your soil and the plants growing in it.

A good compost pile will take awhile to break down. Next fall; use your successful “black gold” to coat your garden for winter. Come spring, your garden will be filled with fresh nutrients to help your plants grow. No more purchasing bags of dirt from unknown sources, now you can make your own dirt for next to nothing!

Ann Safford

Ann is a writer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets including her dog, two cats, a horse and six chickens.She enjoys writing about natural living, simple lifestyles and frugal living.Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horseback riding and gardening.

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