Our soil is a living substance and we Human Beings have to understand how important is it to protect it. You all need to watch the movie called Dirt!The movie. It is a very interesting movie about the biology of the soil and how to protect and live with a healthy soil.
What you can do is simple :COMPOST!
If you are lucky to have big maples in your garden then let the leaves on the floor make leaf compost.
But first of all what is compost?
It is a mix of greens high in nitrogen and browns high in carbon.
In this case I use for the greens my kitchen scraps vegetables and fruits peels and for the browns the maple leaves all over the ground…lucky me right? But when i went to take my pictures for this post I notice a bad odor in my bin – I think it is the excess of moisture because I had to close my bins with a lid so the squirrels and rodent don’t come and eat it! So iIdecided to remove the lid to allow more air to flow today.
You need nitrogen, carbon but also water and oxygen.B With roughly equal parts of materials rich in nitrogen and carbon plus water and oxygen you should be able to have a good decomposition and the result : a mound of black gold!
So for those of you who were thinking that you can do nothing in the winter to help your soil - I say no you can do EVERYTHING! Even with the very cold temperatures that NY had the worms are still alive i saw ONE today! The others are buried in the soil deeper to stay warm.
I don’t know if you can see MY worm in this picture but i am so happy that i saw ONE today! So the winter just slow down the process of decomposition but doesn’t stop it. I would like to know your experiences good or bad of composting!
Tell me WHAT do you compost HOW and WHEN?
I have this old bamboo room divider converted in compost bin(i attached it with wire) FULL and two other plastic bins so that means a lot of compost right? We have to love our soil, protect it,feed it with compost. An other good way of fertilizing is cover crops, but that is an other post, right?
Your turn now tell me what you do to improve your soil organically without using any chemicals?
Do you compost in winter?
Leave your comments below so we can share our experiences!
By the way Happy New Year with black gold of course!