A list of What-to-do Now's.
It's time to get your compost organised.
It's time to get your compost oraganised.☃️
What to use in your compost
The best smelling compost is made of a good mixture of different types of components. The first group – called ‘greens’ or ‘wets’- is high in nitrogen and includes manure and vegetable scraps.green grass clippings, and weeds. (without there seeds)
The other group – the ‘browns’ or ‘dries’ – is high in carbon. Included in this group are shredded newspaper, fallen leaves, sawdust, dried grass and straw.
As well as the ingredients mentioned you can add such things as vacuum cleaner waste, coffee grounds, tea leaves, wood ash, chopped-up prunings, eggshells and cooking oil. Just remember the golden rule: never too much of any one thing.
What not to use in your compost
Avoid using meat (It will attract unwanted verman), weeds with seeds, diseased plants, and plants that have been treated with herbicide or a pesticide.
Other composting tips
Oxygen, while it’s not strictly necessary, does make composting process a lot effecient. Regular forking, turning or tumbling will usually add sufficient oxygen to improve your results.
A small amount of moisture aids the breakdown process. Make sure you keep this up. The idea is to have enough moisture to encourage the breakdown microbes, but not so much that oxygen is excluded.
Move your compost to the sunny area's in Winter and the shaded area's in summer.
More Things-to-do in Early Winter ☃️
- -Keep trees healthy, remove dead or broken branches as soon as you see them and shape-prune live wood in winter when deciduous trees are dormant.
-To reduce the risk of fungal diseases, water the garden in the morning at ground level so the soil can dry out before nightfall.
-Avoid walking on garden beds after heavy rain as you run the risk of compacting the soil, which makes it hard to dig when it dries out and can affect plant growth.Instead, lay large boards that will distribute your weight when walking or kneeling.
-Remove wintergrasses from your lawns as soon as it appears by using a chemical control, or weed small patches by hand if you prefer .If you don’t get to this weed in time, it dies down when the weather warms up but leaves seeds that pop up again next year. You dont wan't that.
-Snails and slugs never rest when there is rain about.Collect them and feed them to chickens if you’re sure they haven’t eaten snail pellets.To make a trap, half-fill a jar with beer and sugar, then dig it into the soil, leaving 10mm above the surface. The snails and slugs are attracted to the yeast and crawl in, then get drunk and drown. The ants come for a feast when it evaperates.
-Rose black spot causes leaves to turn yellow with black dots.Remove and burn infected leaves and give the plant a hard prune in late winter before spraying with a fungicide to discourage further infection..
-Plant lettuce seedlings at intervals of every few weeks
-Prune and thin out spring-flowering shrubs after bloom is finished
-After leaves yellow and dry up, divide and transplant spring bulbs
-Heat up new compost piles by adding garden soil.
-Remove faded flowers from cool-weather annuals to prolong their bloom season.
-Plant cool-weather herbs such as chives and parsley.
Happy Winter Gardening..................
From the ilikeseeds team.☃️