Producing high-quality compost is an art form. Too often, gardeners are discouraged by the process of using a compost heap. They forget about the great advantage of using a compost bin. The best way to use this type of bin is called lazy composting. It’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s a truly lazy way to create high quality compost.
Collecting Autumn Leaves and Composting Them:
Autumn is the perfect time to get your lazy composting in order, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out. If you’re new to composting and have never tried it before, I recommend starting with a worm farm. They’re easy to care for and will give your garden all the nutrients it needs.
Autumn is also the perfect time to collect leaves for your compost bin or heap. When we think about autumn leaves, we tend to picture them as a mess of brown and gold on the ground. But there are some beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and even green hiding in there too!
When collecting leaves for lazy composting, it’s important to clean them off before adding them to your compost bin or heap as they can carry diseases that could cause harm to your plants when they come into contact with them later down the line.
Composting Grass Clippings:
Nature provides us with the most fantastic organic matter all year round, just waiting for us to take advantage. Grass clippings are no different.
Grass clippings are a great source of nitrogen, much needed by your garden. They can be used as mulch around plants and trees, added to compost piles and used as a side-dressing for plants that need extra nitrogen in the soil. However, grass clippings do not break down readily on their own and will continue to release nitrogen into the soil for up to six months if left on top of the soil or in your compost bin. They also have a tendency to mat down on top of your garden bed or compost pile, making it difficult for air circulation and slowing down decomposition significantly.
The best thing about grass clippings is that they’re free and easy to collect. They’re also an excellent source of nutrients for your compost. The only downside is that they’re a bit heavy and bulky, so if you have limited space, it’s hard to store them long-term.
The easiest way to use grass clippings in your lazy composting is to just toss them in with the rest of your kitchen scraps, leaves and other materials. If you have room for one more bin or container on your property, then it’s worth it to have a dedicated grass clipping bin just for collecting this rich organic matter all season long.
Composting and Mulching with Pine Needles:
There are so many uses for pine needles, and they’re all good for the garden.
Composting. If you have a compost bin, add a layer of pine needles to your mix. They’ll break down quickly, adding nitrogen to the mix.
Mulching. Pine needles are excellent as mulch around plants because they don’t blow away and they suppress weeds. They keep moisture in the soil and help prevent evaporation by slowing down evaporation from the soil surface.
Hay bales. Pine needles make great mulch for hay bales because they’re soft enough not to hurt animals’ feet but rough enough to prevent weed growth. Hay bales with pine needle mulch will last longer than those without it!
Pine needle tea is another great way to use this natural resource in your garden.
Pine needles are a great mulch and compost ingredient. They are very acidic, which means they will help balance the pH of your soil. They also add nitrogen to your soil as they decompose. This makes them a great addition to any compost pile or bin.
Pine needles are an especially good choice for acid-loving plants like azaleas, blueberries, rhododendrons and roses.
When you’re ready to add pine needles to your garden, be sure to use only those from healthy trees that haven’t been treated with pesticides or other chemicals. Look for needles that have fallen naturally from the tree and not been blown about by the win
Making Mulch and Compost with Fallen Palm Fronds:
Fallen palm fronds are a great example of this. The leaves fall from the palms in the spring, and then again in the fall. They are a perfect size for lazy composting and mulching, and you can use them to build up your soil or mulch your garden beds.
The first step is to collect them. This is easiest if you have a lot of palm trees. You can also purchase them from nurseries or landscape companies. If you live near a beach you may even find some floating around in the ocean!
Next, use them to grow mushrooms or add them to your compost pile. Or simply spread them around in your garden beds as mulch or cover.
The best way to use fallen palm fronds is by lazy composting them with other materials such as leaves, grass clippings, wood chips and manure. This will create rich compost that can be used as fertilizer for many different plants including vegetables and flowers!
Planting Prunings into the Ground:
Planting prunings into the ground is one of the simplest ways to recycle your garden waste. If you have trees, shrubs, or hedges on your property, you can use these as a source for mulch.
What You’ll Need:
A shovel (or spade if you prefer)
Some kind of cart or wheelbarrow to transport it if you are making more than one trip
Prunings from trees, shrubs and hedges
How to Do It:
Make sure that any prunings are free from disease or pests by burning them before they are placed in the ground.
Dig holes where you want to plant them (at least 10cm deep). Make sure that they are placed where they will not be disturbed by animals or children as they are vulnerable while they are growing roots.
Add Some Weeds to your Compost or Worm Farm Too!
If you have a worm farm or compost, then great! But if you don’t and are wondering what to do with all those weeds, here are some ideas:
Planting Prunings into the Ground.
To plant your prunings into the ground is a great way of adding some green into your garden and giving back to it too. If you have a garden that needs improving then this can be done by simply covering over any bare patches with weeds. You might think this is crazy but it will work and is actually quite effective at improving soil quality as well as providing some much needed food for worms and insects! If you want to add more nutrients to your soil then just add some manure or composted leaves on top of your pruning patch.
Let’s Talk about those Old Broccoli Stems:
Nature provides us with the most fantastic organic matter all year round, just waiting for us to take advantage.
Broccoli stems are no exception. They’re actually quite common in the kitchen and they’re really versatile.
Most people throw them away because they don’t know what to do with them, but they’re actually very tasty! If you have some broccoli stems left over after you’ve made a meal, don’t throw them out — instead, use them in these ways:
Add them to soups and stews. They add texture and flavor to soups and stews without adding calories or fat.
Use them in stir-fries or curries. They go well with other vegetables like carrots and onions, as well as meats like chicken breast or shrimp.
Make pesto from broccoli stems and pine nuts (or walnuts). This makes a great spread for sandwiches or crackers; it also makes a wonderful dip for raw vegetables such as carrots and celery sticks. You can also add it to pasta sauces for extra flavor.
So, if you’re looking to improve your food’s quality and flavor, lazy composting is the way to go. It’ll be time-consuming at first, but once your compost is running smoothly, it’ll only take a few minutes to keep it going. Below are some easy-to-follow tips that will leave you lazy composting in no time.