Winter Means Composting

by MPK | January 28th, 2011 | Gardening

Looking out your kitchen window, you can see the composter located in the depths of your backyard.  With the ground covered in a foot of snow and the temperature hovering below freezing, the thought of taking the potato peels to the composter is less than desirable.  However, composting is an all year project.

Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti is the editor of Fast, Cheap, and Good, a blog about sustainable living offers the following advice:

Let me suggest the best thing a gardener do in winter is to continue composting! Lots of folks think composting is a summer job, because you have so much vegetable matter (veggie tops and peels, grass clippings, etc.) to put in the pile, but winter is a great time to get extra matter in there that will break down quickly in the spring. Egg shells and fireplace ash (if you burn hardwoods) are great additions to the pile because they add a lot of nitrogen to the finished humus. I like to do double duty with these two ingredients; I put a couple of scoops of fireplace ash in my compost bucket in the house to keep down odors so I don’t have to trek out to the pile every day, and then I take out a nice bucket of coffee grounds, egg shells, and fireplace ash every other day or so.

While outdoor gardening may be a few months away, remember that there still are little things you can do to prepare for the gardening season.

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