Gardens in many parts of the U.S.A. may be full of that red clay soil that produces small plants. So you can make compost to help your vegetables grow by recycling your food, hair, and paper garbage, including all that dog and cat hair. Instead of throwing a lot of garbage away, if it’s not hazardous to your edible plants, compost it to fertilize vegetables, fruit, and trees in your yard or plant containers.
Your food garbage such as egg shells and coffee grounds make great compost to fertilize fruit trees and vegetables in your yard. The reason is the nitrogen in the egg shells and coffee grounds. Also egg shells are rich in calcium.
The coffee grounds also can be used directly in the garden to make a lightweight mulch. Crush the egg shells before you put them around your fruit trees and other edible plants. The crushed egg shells also repel snails and slugs from your plants. See Composting Blog » Blog Archive » Tips for Composting Eggshells.
There are more than 100 food items you can compost for green health. See the site, 163 Things You Can Compost. Even old newspapers can be composted for your yard or garden.
Besides animal and chicken manure, potato peelings, burlap bags, paper towels, sawdust, fruit peelings, face tissues, tobacco waste, nail clippings, Ivory soap scraps, fish bones, and grocery receipts, there are 163 garbage items listed, including old watch bands (but not watches containing hazardous wastes) that you can turn into compost to fertilize your garden. But don’t compost any type of hazardous waste containing lead, mercury, or perchchlorate in watches, for example. For green health’s sake compost the old popcorn, hair, and Sunday comics instead.
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For more info: browse my books, How Nutrigenomics Fights Childhood Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Issues (2009) or Predictive Medicine for Rookies (2005). Or see my books, How to Safely Tailor Your Foods, Medicines, & Cosmetics to Your Genes (2003) or How to Open DNA-driven Genealogy Reporting & Interpreting Businesses. (2007).