When you don’t have the option of composting in a bin or pile, there are still a few things you can do to make compost and enrich your soil. We’ve talked before about vermicomposting, which is a great option and allows you to make compost even if you don’t have a yard. And I’m a big fan of trench composting, which is an excellent way to compost food scraps if your community doesn’t allow them in traditional compost piles.
But the drawback of trench composting is that it requires an empty spot in the garden. It works very well in vegetable garden beds, either when the season is over or if you’re able to carefully dig trenches between rows of veggies, and is beneficial in beds where you only plant annuals. In the off-season, you are able to compost and enrich the soil, and the plants will grow that much better the following year.
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But what if there is no “off-season?” What if you don’t have a big empty garden bed to dig trenches into? Many gardeners focus on perennial plants, and trying to dig a trench in an established perennial garden or mixed border is an exercise in futility.
Dig and Drop Composting
“Dig and Drop” composting is a huge help for gardeners who spend a lot of effort to look for compost. The method is very simple and straightforward, lets’s take a look:
- When you start digging, make sure you to dig at least 10 to 12 inches deep. The width of the hole depends on your requirements.
- Gather all the organic matter and food scraps and drop them into the hole.
- Now, replace the soil, and that’s all.
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A good compost solution for the busy gardeners is the “Dig and Drop” since you don’t need to get worried about compost harvesting. As soon as the organic matter break down in the garden, you soil will get filled by essential nutrients for your plants. After spending many years in gardening, I found the easiest solution is to gather all the food scraps from my kitchen and bury them in my garden at the end of each day. In this way, you don’t need to dig huge holes, small holes will work fine. Once you see the results of this simple trick, you will get real excited for sure.
Things to Keep in Mind
Be careful when digging around plant roots. Try to dig your hole several inches away from the crowns of your plants to ensure that you don’t damage the root systems when digging.
Bury food scraps deep to deter pests. Dig your hole at least ten inches deep.
Don’t bury meat or dairy. This is a sure way to entice dogs and rodents into your garden.
As you can see, this is a very simple method that improves your soil and enables you to make use of your food scraps with very little work.
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