Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Lesson 1: "Your compost heap is the heart of the garden."

Long before you start thinking about planting vegetables, flowers, vines, climbers, shrubs and trees, you need to think about the nutrients in the soil. This same foundational principle applies to any garden venture, be it big or small.

How to get good nutrients?

The answers are very simple:

  1. Develop a compost heap or for the urban gardener, start making compost in bins
  2. Put tiger worms or other suitable worms into your compost heap or bin

These small helpers produce so much rich black soil, it is amazing! What they produce is super food for your plants. Your whole garden then becomes a thriving symbiotic unit... 

At first you'll probably need to buy fresh fruit and veges from the store, until your own garden gets going. Any old leaves, tops, tails and bad spots in this fresh food end up in your compost heap & worm farm. As the worms eat their way through your kitchen scraps, they begin to produce rich fertile soil. When there is enough "worm casting" they have left behind, take a pot or two, fill to the brim with soil, and plant some herbs.

I suggest herbs at the start since most of them are hardy and can withstand extremes of temperature. eg: parsley, sage, thyme, lemon balm, comfrey, nasturtium, fennel and nettle. Herbs are very forgiving of your first stumbling garden efforts. Herbs add so much flavor to your meals and easily infuse for refreshing teas. Herbs are full of minerals and vitamins that help aid digestion and stimulate your taste buds towards eating more good fresh food.

Start with herbs! They won't let you down. Immediately, you change the taste of your cooking. This greatly encourages you in your gardening efforts!

So, this is the way it begins - start by making a compost heap in a sunny, open corner of your garden or make a small investment in some compost bins or worm farm bins that will sit tidily on your apartment balcony.

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We do this together... Happy gardening!

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