[Tomato Dirt #186] Have You Started Next Year’s Tomato Compost Pile?
September 26, 2019
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 9, Number 20
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
Black Gold: It’s Easy to Make Your Own
Compost: it’s called “Black Gold” for a good reason. It’s the ultimate inexpensive way to recycle yard and kitchen waste back into your garden. Make sure you have what you need to start or build productive, healthy compost for next year’s garden. Take a look at composting gear used by gardeners like you!
FEATURE: Start or Build Next Year’s Tomato Compost Pile
Photo: Berry Breeze
Fall and winter may be the “off season” for your tomato garden, but it is the ideal time to prepare for next season. One element to consider is compost. If you don’t have a compost pile – or if your compost is depleted from the past season – now is the time to build one.
Decide whether you want to have an enclosed compost bin or an open bin.
Choose a designated area for your bin, preferably in the sun and where it can be protected.
Layer 6-8 inches of “brown” items (dead leaves, shredded paper and cardboard, wood chips, and hay) on the bottom of the pile followed by “green” items (fruit and veggie scraps, coffee
grounds, tea bags, egg shells, grass clippings).
Broadcast a few handfuls of fertilizer over the organic matter layers. Moisten and repeat the layers.