Posted on 25 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: Egg Shell Mulch by London Permaculture used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Eggshells are such a wonderful nature created invention.
They provide the perfect protection for the raw egg material inside, which will become either human breakfast or a chicken.
But did you know they can also benefit the garden.
Well, they can and the tips below will help you maximize the use of these amazing little calcium-rich containers.
1. Eggshells in the garden. Crushed eggshells are a great addition to the garden space. They provide calcium to the soil, which is very important when it comes to raising tomatoes. A tomato plant low on its calcium uptake will product bottom rot. To prevent this, add Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 23 February 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: Fallen Leaves by Brian Richardson used under CC BY 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
I hate to waste anything and that includes leaves.
Every year around this time, I see bags of potential black gold sitting beside trashcans.
How sad this makes me when I know that all it takes is a little effort to change trash into treasure.
If you are faced with this dilemma this fall season, consider trying one of this alternative approaches when it comes to fall leaves.
1. Compost. Chopped up leaves are great additions to any composting program. They add the much need carbon that many composting bins lack during the summer months. To utilize this technique, do not add the leaves all at one time. This will shock the delicate system. Instead, add a handful every time you add kitchen scrapes to the pile. Utilizing this approach will help to create a more balanced composting system, which in turn will speed up decomposition.
2. Bedding for worms. Red wigglers love dried up Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 23 September 2011 by urbangardencasual.com
The other day I went to an herb sale and sat in a class called “Mulch Gardening.”
The goal, it seemed, of this speaker was to convince everyone to get rid of his or her tillers.
How wonderful that would be.
A garden produced without fossil fuel and a low carbon footprint – what more could a gardener ask for when it comes to creating a garden space?
A mulch garden is very similar to a lasagna garden but without additional layers every year. The first layer is created by simply mowing the ground and letting the cut vegetation remain there. No bagging, raking, or weeding the area and no digging. Sounds great so far.
The second layer consists of cardboard or newspaper. The corrugated cardboard works great but if you cannot find cardboard or do not have enough newspaper will work. When using the newspaper remember to lay down at least five to six layers and do not forget to only use Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 08 December 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
You may have been throwing away one of the best sources for mulches and composts.
During the fall and winter, many yards become filled with fallen leaves.
Most people rake them up, put them in garbage bags, and throw them away.
However, this is an excellent free source of garden nutrients that also keeps more waste out of the landfills.
All you need to do is prepare a leaf mulch. Simply create a pile of leaves that is 2″ thick, set your lawn mower on high, and make a few passes to make sure the leaves are chopped well enough. Don’t do this when the leaves are very wet, and don’t pile them too thick.
If you want to add nutrients to your lawn, you can Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 13 October 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
It’s nearly that time of the year, much as I hate to say it.
It’s time to start thinking about putting the garden to bed for the winter.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as the days get colder. By using some of these ideas, your soil or planters will be in great shape for planting next spring.
1. Mulch – Yes, even in a vegetable garden, winter mulching is a good idea. Giving the soil a good covering of manure or compost will add needed nutrients to the soil and will also prevent some weeds from taking over the space. Spread manure or compost about 2 inches deep.
2. Compost – if you have the room, starting a small compost pile directly on the earth will do great things for your soil. Allowing a compost pile to Read the rest of this entry »