By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI
There are several different methods of composting fruit and vegetable scraps from your kitchen. Depending upon your gardening situations, you may want to try a few different methods. Some involve producing and maintaining more heat than others. Some are thought of as cool composting methods although they technically produce a small amount of heat. Perhaps you’d like to try trench composting, lasagna gardening, or vermicomposting, a few of the cool composting methods.
Trench composting involves digging a 12-18 inch trench in the ground about 12-18 inches deep, and placing the soil in an adjacent garden bed. Add leaves or other organic matter to the trench until winter. Cover up the trench and in the spring, you can plant where the trench was located. Repeat the process each year in a different location.
Lasagna gardening is also a cool composting method. Begin with wet newspaper or cardboard. Add “greens” such as grass clippings, manure, or vegetable scraps in a layer. Then add a layer of “browns” such as leaves or straw. Continue adding green and brown layers until your “lasagna” is about 12” tall, ending with a brown layer to help prevent flies and other pests. If the process is completed in the fall, then you can begin planting on top of your lasagna mound in the spring.
Vermicomposting uses earthworms to speed up the composting process. Start with a bin made of material that meets your needs. Place a bit of soil at the bottom, add worms, and then begin adding kitchen scraps or other organic materials. The worms do all the work for you. There’s no need to turn the pile, and you can even keep the bin inside your home.
If you don’t have the opportunity to create your own compost, Bloch’s Farm sells Purple Cow Activated Compost, which contains essential plant nutrients, minerals, and microbes. It is manure free, natural, and organic. Fall is a great time to add compost to your soil to prepare your plants for winter.
Bloch’s Farm is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. Check out our huge selection of perennials, trees, and other shrubs! Fall annuals, bulbs, mums, and pumpkins are available as well. Stop in today and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you! Feel free to call 920-294-6000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Join us for this weekend’s sale: September 24th – September 26th: 30% Off Perennials!