Garden Cleaning & Composting Tips

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master gardener William Moss demonstrates how to compost, including the best time to start and what to include in your pile.

    William Moss: As cool weather arrives, the garden can look a little bit messy. Now it's a good time to tidy up and feed the compost pile. Today we're cleaning and composting.

    Clean out anything that's dead; diseased or dying and remove all weeds, you want to get the garden as tidy as possible for the fall season. Recycle the nutrients in your garden waste by composting them. Almost anything can go in to the compost pile, but you don't want to put in diseased plant or weed seeds and kitchen scrap can go into pile as well and you just want to avoid meats, fats, oils and cheeses. If you put in clam shells or egg shells, be sure to rinse them first.

    Turn the pile every few days and keep it moist to help speed up the process, you can also use a compost starter, just sprinkle a little bit at top of the pile and work it in. By spraying you should have rich home-made compost ready to enrich your garden soil. Clean your fall garden and recycling the waste and the compost keeps the garden looking good today and prepares it for next season. Get out and grow.