Two essentials for your garden...

by Value hunter  

Starting a new garden or taking one over, throws up many things to consider.

Do you grow veg or flowers or both?
Put trees in? Have a lawn?
Raised beds? Fencing?
The list is endless.

Two questions, for me, stand out by a country mile.
1, How will I feed it?
2, How will I get rid of the rubbish?

How will I feed my garden?

Luckily, mother nature has many solutions.
Comfrey (knitbone), nettles, etc. can provide ample ingredients for the soil and feeding your plants.
They are numerous and free, simple root pieces for comfrey, and nettles are abundant.
Pull off some leaves, leave on top of your beds where you want feeding, they will rot down and feed your soil.

How will I get rid of the rubbish?

Once again, frugal ways to get rid of garden rubbish and waste comes in. The good old compost heap!
Grass cuttings: A compost heap can be started anywhere, on grass, soil, even cardboard.
My favourite way of disposing of grass cuttings is to dig a small hole in your garden, mine is in between a young plum tree and a weedy rhubarb plant, fill in with grass cuttings and leave it. The following year, the rhubarb that was struggling is now growing like a good 'un!

Using the compost heap, green on top of brown remember to mix it up, is working wonders.

Household food waste: Uncooked fruit and veg, weeds, grass cuttings, cut tree wood, etc. are all very good for the compost, but add in household waste and the heap really takes off.
Eggshells, used tea (ripped open from used teabags), potato peelings, carrot scrapings, even old out of date fridge veg, cut into small pieces, all work.
Then we have plain brown paper bags (given out with fresh veg from a proper greengrocer), cardboard (corrugated), newspaper (ripped up), ash from the log burner, packing paper, etc.

Pile it all on, cover over, let it go.

Many areas have the "Brown" bins, but councils are now charging for them to be emptied (£35 a year here), why give your perfectly good waste away, when it can be turned into food for your garden with very little effort?

Not only have I now got a place to put garden waste, but also removing lots of household waste and feeding my garden for free into the bargain, it's a win/win!

Happy gardening...

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