Today I want to write about one very important thing for all gardeners. In fact the normal gardener will not plant home garden seeds without using it first. I am sure you all have it somewhere in your garden. It’s called compost pile.
To make a good compost for planting your home garden seeds or seedlings, you need organic material plus microbes (bacteria, fungi, etc.) and other small creatures that will break down that material.
In order to get the best compost the most quickly, you’ll have to keep the microbes happy. The three elements for making them happy are: the right amount of moisture, enough oxygen, and the right types of food.
Let’s talk about the food first.
A lot of people add special chemicals but there is a much better way to have a great harvest. It is cost effective (actually it won’t cost you anything!), healthier and easy. The secret is – nature around you. Yes, the nature and nowadays mass production gives a lot for your compost heap.
To survive, the bacterias in your compost pile need carbon and nitrogen.
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A few days ago I’ve come across something called Aquaponic Gardening. In two words, it is a special system that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The fish provide nutrients to the plants and the plants absorb nutrients that can become harmful for the fish if left up to high levels. The pump pumps water from the container with live fish, then the water goes though the container with the plants, the roots of the plants absorb the necessary elements and then clean water goes back to the container with the fish. There are few advantages (one of them – you don’t have to become an organic weed killer as there will be no weeds) and few disadvantages but in overall the idea sounds great.
I was thinking yesterday – how many of us can make such system? 10 percent? May be less. All we want to do is to plant our home garden seeds and get a harvest. And what about expensive tanks, pumps and electricity bills? How many of us can afford that? And then a brilliant idea came to my mind. It is simple but smart (heh-heh, I am being modest today). Read the rest of this entry →