Improve Soil Without Compost

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It’s commonly known that a great way to save on waste and enrich your soil naturally is by use of a compost heap. Unfortunately, when you’ve already dedicated much of your yard to a garden, not everyone has enough space to have one. Not to mention the smell. These tips will show you how to naturally supplement your soil without creating a cumbersome, smelly compost pile.

Coffee grounds

Coffee grounds don’t need to be composted over time and so can be added directly to your garden’s soil. The grounds increase the nitrogen levels in your garden, which is beneficial to your plants’ growth. They also aid in soil aeration, drainage, and water retention.

Banana peels

Banana peels are another waste product that can be placed directly into your garden. Cut the skins into small pieces and place them amongst the soil. The presence of the peels will increase your earth worm population while adding much-needed nutrients to your plants’ bed.

Egg shells

Crushed eggshells add calcium to your garden and help fend off slugs and snails, the presence of which can be detrimental to the health of your plants. Wash your eggshells, leave in sun to dry, crush into small pieces and add directly to your soil. Crushing them helps them to break down more quickly in your soil.

But what if I still want a compost pile?

If you still like the idea of having an actual compost pile to help reduce your kitchen waste and add the most nutrients to your garden, you’re in luck. There are now innovative technologies that allow you to compost inside your home without the smell. Try a stainless steel or ceramic compost keeper with a replaceable air filter.

This article was re-posted from: www.oversixty.com.au

 

 

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