Many gardeners start thinking about planting flowers or vegetables in February or March when the promise of spring is right around the corner. But serious gardeners, those that work hard to live off of the fruits of their labors, know that planning and raising a successful crop is a year-round process.
Autumn is the perfect time to build your own compost heap and save money on spring planting. As leaves begin to fall and the process of preserving foods for the winter gets under way, those looking to start a compost pile have the makings of a great beginning. Leaves, kitchen scraps, dead flowers and other yard waste are the ideal materials for creating your very own mini-recycling plant. Starting a compost pile is easy and cheap!
Benefits of Composting
- Soil improvement
- Increase nutrient content
- Use less water
- Saves money on trash disposal
- Eliminates need for chemical soil amendments
Whether one starts with a small commercial composting system, an elaborate self-built structure with different chambers or a pile of leaves, kitchen scraps and some chicken manure, by starting a compost pile in the fall, one will be more than ready to start a food or flower garden when spring rolls around. .