Happy spring! After a long, cold winter, it's finally here...or will be officially on Sunday evening. The spring bulbs and perennials are poking through the soil, and it won't be long before the daffodils are blooming.
Now that snow has melted, we're itching to get outdoors and do some spring cleanup. Planting a vegetable garden has also been in our thoughts this week. Although we won't be able to do this until around the middle of May, we need to make sure the soil is ready. Of course, the best way to do this is with compost.
Amending your soil with rich compost is a wonderful, inexpensive way to ensure a robust gardening season. Composting is easy, and anyone can do it. Here are some basics to get started:
What You'll Need
- dried leaves
- composted manure
- grass clippings
- landscape waste
- kitchen waste
- gardening rake
If you follow the above guidelines, you should have rich, dark compost in about six to eight weeks.
I compost year 'round. A few weeks before planting season, I mix some compost in with the soil in our vegetable garden.