If you’ve read Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening, you’ll remember he recommends organic compost from more than one source for your soil. That means not just manure, but several kinds of organic matter.
That’s because you get a good variety of textures and microbes to enrich your soil. When you compost at home, you’ll have a good variety of organic materials in your compost.
Adding in more organic compost each year re-energizes your survival garden. When you feed the soil, ultimately you’re feeding your plants, too. They’ll have fewer diseases and pests and produce more wholesome, better tasting food for you and your family.
But, if you’re like me, you wish composting didn’t take so long to produce that fluffy black soil. You want to speed up the composting process and add beneficial bacteria and other microbes to your compost.
What you need is items like composters, including bokashi composters and worm composting kits, glacial rock dust and other natural composting products, like what they have at EarthEasy.com. Click on the Composting category to see their selection.
One of my readers suggested a way some gardeners use to get a head start on composting.
Start your compost indoors with a container in the kitchen. The warmth indoors helps to speed up the process. Then at planting time you have the compost to put on your garden.
You don’t need to take kitchen materials ouside each day. Just put them in the bin.
Here’s the bottom line on composting. Feed the soil, and you’ll feed yourself.