A year ago, you probably would have been able to convince me that compost tea is something one can drink. But as I ween myself off of products like Miracle-Gro, I'm seeking out organic solutions to ignite the growth and health of my garden. Enter compost tea. Here's a DIY mini project that's easy to do and will satisfy your soils need for organic nutrients. So meet Jay Williams, co-owner of High Yield Organics - (Rocky Mountain Worms) who breaks down the whole process for us. Jay is so easygoing and laid-back, it was easy asking him questions. He's the exact type of person we like to learn from. Here's the scoop to successful brewing.
Do you bother to mulch your landscaping each year to improve your curb appeal? Should you? If you're like me you feel a lot of pressure to make your yard look its best. So I just have to ask you. Should you be using compost instead? (It certainly would be cheaper). Or both? Because to me, using both mulch and compost is a lot like whipping up a batch of brownies. Here's why.
When making brownies, you have some important decisions to make....right?!
1.) Do you add chocolate or peanut butter chips to the batter prior to baking?
2.) When done baking, should you frost them?
In the gardening world, the compost are the chips and the mulch is the frosting.
It's the compost that "sweetens" the garden soil. It needs to be infused and mixed into the soil, just like the chips need to be mixed in the batter. And like those chips, a little goes a long way. You don't need a ton of it to make your plants thrive. Compost is the gardeners "black gold". The nutrients are constantly being leached into the soil. When rain washes through the compost, tons of Nitrogen and Carbon are washed downward improving the soil quality.
But the mulch? It's the icing on the cake. Like a thicker frosting, mulch is bulkier than compost and tends to stay in place more than compost would. It spreads easily, covers and protects your soil and plant roots from extreme temperatures, helps retain moisture and suppresses weeds and disease. Beyond all this, it does look good....for a time.
We burn wood to heat our home. This means we end up with tons of wood ash. We put the ash into the garden. If you don't have a woodburning stove, the same rules might apply to your outdoor burn pile. And if you don't have a garden, wood ash could be used on your lawn. So let's talk about ash!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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