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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Composting Waste from Tidying the Autumn Garden.

Autumn is a busy time in the garden as well as on the allotment. Many of the jobs tackled in the garden at this time of year, result in several bags of garden waste.

Most of the 'garden rubbish' can be composted down and turned into something useful to use in the future on the vegetable plot.

I do not expect anything to rot down quickly in the winter months, as this only happens if you can build a compost heap that generates its own heat, which is not easy to do.

But my point of view on this is, as long as I get compost to use I do not worry to much how long the process takes. Another advantage of composting garden waste is that it stops your rubbish bins from filling up with extra and unnecessary things which will end up going to the local landfill site.

I am using the following garden waste to top up the allotment's compost heap:

  • Garden plants that need to be removed but are healthy and free of disease. The annuals will be dying off as the weather turns colder and they begin to look untidy and unattractive. They can be added to the composting materials and will rot down.
  • Seasonal things like salad leaves and lettuce plants that are now going to seed and no longer look edible. You can find hardier varieties of seed to take their place and to grow in sheltered places and milder weather spells.
  • Plant clippings from shrubs and chopped up bits of woody plant stems. I do not add any from plants that I know are toxic or poisonous such as foxgloves.
  • Grass cuttings if you have not used chemicals on the lawn. Add these a bit at a time as dumping a large quantity of grass clippings on a compost heap is a bad idea and they tend to cause problems and smell. If mixed in with other composting materials they will rot down.
  • If you have old grow bags that are finished with you can add them to the soil or to the compost heap.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote