Are you limited in space when it comes to growing plants or need to learn how to grow plants in less than adequate conditions? If so, then it could be time to learn how to compost. When it comes to home gardening, compost can be one of your best resources and is relatively easy to create. To help you with your home garden, learn more about composting and other container gardening tips.
What is Compost?
Compost is a natural compound made from various decaying materials. It makes great fertilizer by providing plants with additional nutrients. Typically, compost is created from dead leaves, manure, vegetable scraps and other materials that easily break down. As this material breaks down you are left with a rich soil that is perfect for any of your gardening needs. For a more in-depth look at composting, get started with composting 101.
Indoor and Outdoor Composting
Composting can be handled either indoors or outdoors, depending on your situation and whether you want to spend the time walking outside to get rid of table scraps. If you decide to go with outdoor composting, make sure you learn about the proper steps for winter composting. You will find suggestions for keeping your compost from freezing and tips for switching to an indoor composting setup if it gets too cold.
One of the advantages of composting outdoors is that you do not have to deal with the odor released by your compost and can choose a much larger composting container. If you choose to compost indoors, make sure you purchase a suitable composting bin. Here you will find a selection of both indoor and outdoor composting containers. Whichever type of composting you choose, you will have your own nutrient-rich soil to use for your plants.
Starting Seeds Indoors
Now that you have a better idea of how to create your own soil through composting, find out how why you should start your plants indoors. If you live in a region with a cold climate, you may find it difficult to grow certain varieties of plants outdoors. Frost and colder temperatures can make it hard for plants to mature and get past the seedling stage. One solution to this problem is starting seeds indoors. You can also use this option to get a head start on your outdoor gardening. Indoors, you will have the ability to control temperature and ensure your seedlings are hardy enough for the outdoor weather before transplanting.
When starting plants inside, many experienced gardeners recommend starting seeds in eggshells. This provides your seedlings with additional nutrients and helps enrich the soil that you use. It also makes it easy to transplant your seedlings to the ground once they are ready.
The process of starting seeds in eggshells is not difficult. Take an empty egg carton and remove the top. Fill each empty space with half an eggshell. It is okay if the eggshells are unevenly broken, as long as about half the eggshell is intact. Fill each section with your potting soil and then add your seeds while following the instructions provided on your seed packet. Keep the egg carton in an area where it will receive sunlight and keep it moist by spraying it with water every day. Depending on the plants that you are growing, you should see your seedlings sprout within a week or two.
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