Hello Gardening Experts!
I am new to gardening and am aiming to try and turn my garden into
little more ecologically friendly. So I have a couple of questions:
1) I am looking for the contaption I can put food waste into and i
naturally degrades into the garden soil, does anyone know what I a
2) I am looking at getting a small green house and want to grow som
'easy' veg/fruit, please can you give me some suggestions as to wha
and when I should be planting? I am trying to get my kids involved a
much as I can
Thanks in advance
Happy New Year, RM, and welcome to the wonderful world of gardening.
First, let me compliment you on wanting to involve your children in
this most healthful, most "spiritual" of activities! Plus, you get to
eat real food that has not sat in a truck or train for 'n' period.
1. The "contraption" is a composter. You put leaves, grass, any
garden waste into it, as well as table scraps EXCLUDING meat, fat,
grease, bones. You cover the composter so the contents will "cook",
and keep it moist. After several months, you scoop out of the bottom
the most wonderful black, crumbly stuff that you mix with garden soil
when transplanting, and/or put around your existing plants.
There are many models of composters, ranging from fancy rotating drums
to simple heaps. You can get tons of info on the Web, and also at
your neighborhood garden nursery or big box homeowners store.
2. To get input on this question, you need to say where you are
located. On most garden groups, people put their "zone"; for example
I am in So.Calif coastal, USDA (dept of agriculture) Zone 8, and
Western Garden Book Zone 24.
We look forward to heating about your location.
(Remember that even in the most extreme climates, your greenhouse idea
can be made to work. Even with little to no sunshine, grow-lights can
found this link;
I own an Envirocycle I think I bought it from www.yardiac.com . I have
used 'tea' from the base twice so far and look forward to using the
compost (kitchen scraps, shredded bills/computer paper, potting soil
from old/dead plants, fall leaves and garden trimmings) this spring.
There's a LOT of composting info on the web.
I am a passionate advocate of raised garden beds. Just type the phrase
"raised garden beds" into Google "images" and you will see pictures of
almost every type of raised garden. Also, go to:
http://greatgardens.org/article1.html/ and you can read an article
entitled "A Perspective on Raised Gardens" to see some of the
advantages of such gardens.
Raving Monkey wrote:
Compost bin? Compost crock for the kitchen? Check out Gardener's Supply
[http://www.gardeners.com ] under composting.
It would take a book to answer that ;-) so I will recommend the excellent
Greenhouse Gardener's Companion by Shane Smith
You might want to check out some of the gardening for kids Web sites for
NGAs Kids Gardening
Aggie Horticulture's KinderGarden
The Garden Gate http://garden-gate.prairienet.org
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