I take all the raw vegetable scrapes, coffee grounds, tea, egg shells etc.....and just dump them as is in my herb garden and anywhere else in the yard they need to be. I learned this trick from a neighbor many years ago. That was her way of making compost. And trust me it works. Not to mention the slugs, I use no pesticide, are stopped by the coffee grounds and tea.
I also send any and all recyclables to the recycle station.
Oops had to add this in the Fall I rake all the leaves and then run the lawn mower over them, last time the mower is used before storing for winter. These make a great compost/mulch combo and the shrubs, perennials, winter veggie garden etc....... The leaves add a lot of nutrients and protect the plants as well. The same neighbor used this trick and I have read about it in books.
Also, if you plant a late crop of beans, dates listed in the Old Farmers Almanac, after picking the beans/peas, pull the plants and toss in your compost bin. This will also add nutrients to the compost or I just let the plants die, and till them into the soil before mulching for the winter.
Edited by: ENCHANTEDBROOM at: 6/20/2011 (16:04)
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