On Saturday, March 26th HGTV host Joe Lamp’l will join us for the Garden for Life SpringFest. While he’s in Woodstock, he’ll teach local gardeners the ins and outs of starting and maintaining a thriving organic vegetable garden. There’s a lot that goes into organic gardening, from the plants you choose to how you prepare the soil. But there’s one cornerstone to every organic garden: composting.

Composting 101

kitchen compostComposting is an easy way to naturally enrich the soil of your garden. Unlike chemical fertilizers, compost is 100% natural. In fact, you watch every step of the process before it goes into your garden. If you’ve never composted before, have no fear! We’ll have you organic gardening like a pro in no time.

Why Gardeners Love Compost

Compost enriches the soil, adding necessary nutrients without sprinkling the garden with chemicals that could harm your plants, pets, or environment. The benefits of composting include:

  • Conditioning the soil to increase nutrients and improve water retention
  • Recycling up to 30% of kitchen and household waste
  • Helping aerate the soil and ward off plant diseases by introducing beneficial microorganisms into the soil
  • Offering gardeners an alternative to chemical fertilizers
  • Reducing landfill (if everyone composted, we could reduce landfills by a third!)

How to Compost

  1. Start with a container (or a pile outside, if you don’t mind the smell). You don’t need something fancy; just make sure it’s easy to remove the compost and transport it to the garden.
  2. Add a few inches of base twigs or straw to help aerate the pile.
  3. Add a variety of brown and green plant matter. If composting outdoors, skip any foods that may attract wildlife.
  4. Keep it moist, especially during hot weather.
  5. Cover your compost pile to help it retain moisture and heat.

Ready to dig into organic gardening? Don’t miss our workshop with Joe Lamp’l at the Garden for Life SpringFest!

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