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Organic composting is being used by more and more people, and there are numerous benefits it poses to your lawn and garden. Organic gardening has become just as popular as going green in the home, and many people are seeing hoe it benefits their flowers and other items they may choose to have in their garden.

Organic compost is a natural fertilizer and can be made from home rather easily and at a low cost. All you need for organic gardening at home is food and lawn scraps, a composting bin or container, and a garden rake or a garden hoe to turn it once a week to allow the breakdown process to occur faster. Composting can allow your plants, garden, and yard to have the natural vitamins it needs. You can eliminate the piles and odor around the yard by utilizing a composting sheet.

Organic gardening helps give back to the environment while eliminating waste  that ends up in land fills and can eliminate pesticides should you choose to create a garden of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drainage is increased as well and water retention is maintained easier. Using it within your garden eliminates large piles in the backyard while keeping your garden looking its best for years to come.

Getting Started with Organic Gardening

One thing you’ll want to do is determine where you’re going to put your garden. You want it to be where you can access it easily. You’ll need to get to it to turn the compost every week. You’ll be using scraps of food, but you need to educate yourself as there are some items that should not be used in organic compost. If you are finding it hard to get as much as you need, consider asking neighbors to give you their scraps. One great addition you’re plants and foods will really thrive from is seaweed. This can be purchased in some stores or you can check with local officials to see about getting it right from the source; the coastline.

Once you begin preparing your vegetable garden or planting beds, make sure you are eliminating patches of soil that are at least 1 foot deep and then 2 feet in width. Then place a layer that is 3-6 inches of your organic compost into the bottom of your trench. To ensure it’s packed into place, walk over it. While your garden beds will be raised higher, over time they will shrink down to normal levels.

Organic gardening is something that takes time, and it’s not something that is necessarily for everyone. Because you are going to need to turn the compost every week, you might find it easier to have access to your garden. Some people create a small pile of organic compost so they can constantly add in fresh compost.

Next year when you begin doing this again, you will find there is little to no remains from the year before. Over time, the new decomposed soil will be distributed evenly. Organic composting and organic gardening is beneficial for your plants, and you now no longer have to use harsh chemicals to keep your garden looking its best all year round.