Fall is approaching and we are composting, getting ready to turn the garden over to nature as she composts through the rest of the season and sits until spring next year! There are a lot of different ways to do composting, but we choose to use a lot of the resources that we already have at home, such as veggie scraps, fruit scraps, coffee grinds and even autumn fallen leaves.
Most people like to use shredded compost, but we are lazy so we use a method called lasagna composting. Yes, its a thing, and more importantly, it is effective.
Lasagna composting is the result of throwing in veggie scraps, and pieces of unused peels and layering them with dirt, newspaper shreds, autumn fallen leaves or some other sort of earthly brown. Each time you add a layer of fruits and veggies, add another layer of brown right on top of it, in no time, you will have beautiful nutritious soil for compost.
Fall is the perfect time to layer up your composting piles because there is a large amount of free compost material thanks to the leaves. What better way to benefit from doing yard work? As you layer up your compost for the winter you can assure that the fall rains and winter snows will continuously break down your lasagna compost piles until the following year. Above you can see pictured our pepper plant has been left because were waiting for the last few picks of the season. Towards the bottom of the picture you can see where we have our old plants that had run out of produce and died off already. We placed those into the compost pile as well.
The benefits of going a composted garden result in having nutritious soil, so your less likely to have to use as much fertilizer the following year. Your soil should be light and fluffy and easy to work with. You may also find that your soil has better water retention and that is because compost holds water better than regular gardening soil. Some people have designated piles to throw their compost into, but when it comes to the end of the season, we really use the entire garden as a compost pile. So after all of the leaves have fallen, cover your entire garden soil with those crispy brown leaves and sit back and let nature do her work!
When it comes to composting veggie scraps, I would not have anything negative to say about it except that you might have a few volunteer plants the following spring, but you can always pull them out if you don’t desire to have them. Having a garden is truly an amazing accomplishment. There is nothing more satisfying that eating and preserving your home grown food for the winter.
Squash, onions and potatoes can be stored in a cool dark place through the winter and tomatoes can either be dehydrated or canned for soups. Peppers stay best frozen and herbs and beans can be dried as well. No matter what you like to eat, there is almost always a way that you can preserve it for winter so that you can continue to have healthy fresh organic produce from your own garden!