One of the best ways to grow big, juicy organic tomatoes is to grow them in soil that has been prepared with organic compost. Composting is easy, and it’s a great way to cut down on organic waste. It’s also an inexpensive way to provide your organic tomatoes with a natural source of nutrients.
What is Compost?
Compost is what is produced when organic material decays. A lot of what you throw away, including kitchen scraps, grass clippings, garden waste, straw, and manure can all be tossed into a composter to create rich, organic compost.
Composting is easy. It’s a wonderful way to recycle organic waste into a beneficial product. And, you can never have too much compost. Add as much as you want to your garden before planting and toss it onto established plants for extra nutrition. If you have more than you need, just share the excess with other organic gardeners.
The Benefits of Compost
Composting helps plants absorb water and nutrients, creates rich soil, dissolves some minerals, and reduces some pests and plant diseases. It also feeds soil microorganisms and beneficial insects. Attracting good microbes and insects also benefits the soil because, as these organisms die off, they further enrich the soil. The better the soil, and the more “good” organisms it contains, the fewer the number of bad organisms.
How to Compost
Composting can be something you do a lot of or just a little. Here are some tips on how to make your own compost.
Types of Compost Bins
What to Compost
Any organic material can be composted. Although some people throw just about any type of waste into their compost bin, true organic compost comes from organic materials, and this means that the food scraps and other material must be pesticide free. Wash fruits and vegetables before peeling them to remove any pesticides that may exist. This will help keep pesticides out of your compost.
As a rule, anything that was once alive can be composted. But, some materials make better compost than others. Stick to the following materials to make sure that your compost is rich in nutrients and low in odor.
What Not to Compost
Some materials, organic or non-organic, just shouldn’t be composted. Bones, meat, fish, and dairy can attract pests and make your compost pretty stinky. Diseased plants may ultimately destroy your compost by spreading pests or diseases. Pet waste may contain harmful organisms. And, inorganic materials such as aluminum foil, glass, plastics, metals, and chemicals just aren’t organic or compostable.
Preparing Materials for Composting
If you’re a lazy composter, all you have to do is toss organic material into your compost bin. However, just a few little tricks will speed up the composting process.
When you’re preparing your planting area, just mix the soil with about three inches of organic compost. Then put a cup of organic bone meal and a cup of organic kelp meal into the planting hole. You’ll soon be feasting on a crop of the best tomatoes you’ve ever tasted!