Clean up the vegetable garden - Start preparing your garden for next spring by cleaning out dead plants and adding in organic matter from your compost pile
The high temperatures in the ideal compost pile
will kill weed seeds, and any weeds that sprout from the top of the heap can be turned under.
If you haven't started a compost pile
yet, now's the time (remember those chockfull landfills).
These "rocks" will burst forth, stopping me short on my way to the compost pile
Start a compost pile
with Carbon-rich "brown" materials, like fall leaves, straw, dead flowers, and shredded newspaper; Nitrogen-rich "green" materials, like grass clippings, plant-based kitchen waste (vegetable peelings and fruit rinds), or barnyard animal manure; and add in a bag of garden soil.
The beauty of the sheet mulch pile is that it never needs to be turned, unlike the classic compost pile
that requires constant mixing or aeration.
A good compost pile
can digest these into fine black soil amendment in just a few weeks.
I remember excitedly digging for them in our compost pile
A basic understanding of the life forms and processes that operate within a compost pile
Create a compost pile
to recycle food scraps, grass clippings and leaves into a mixture that will enrich your garden soil.
We forked part of it into an existing compost pile
(mixed garden waste rots faster than any one substance alone), and found it to be unidentifiable within a month.
Bits and pieces of plant parts, spoiled vegetables, dead annual flowers, the prunings from cut-back perennials and the succulent shoots from shrubs, grass clippings, fallen tree leaves and anything else that is organic can feed a compost pile