What Goes at the Bottom of a Compost Pile? 9 Things to Add

What Goes at the Bottom of a Compost Pile? 9 Things to Add

I’ve written several articles on how to start raised garden beds—including what to put in the very bottom of raised beds to get the most out of them—but when I started composting in my backyard, I began thinking more about how to start compost piles as well. What should I put in the bottom of…

Does Diatomaceous Earth Still Work After it Gets Wet?

Does Diatomaceous Earth Still Work After it Gets Wet?

Diatomaceous earth (DE) has a well-deserved reputation as a natural and effective pest control. You’ve got to be careful when using it—which I’ll explain in more detail below—but overall, I’m a fan of DE when it’s applied carefully and selectively. The beauty of DE is in its simplicity: It’s not a chemical insecticide, but rather…

50+ Cheap Nitrogen Sources for Your Compost Pile

50+ Cheap Nitrogen Sources for Your Compost Pile

Composting is kind of magical (seriously…here’s why). You take something you can’t eat or don’t want, you toss it in a pile of other stuff you can’t eat or don’t want, then you wait several months. At the end of the process, you’ve got nutrient-rich material that your garden plants are going to love. But…

50 Plants You Should Never Compost (and Those You Should)

50 Plants You Should Never Compost (and Those You Should)

As a longtime gardener, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for composting. It’s an amazing way to turn kitchen and yard waste into incredible (and free!) soil amendments.  However, I’ve learned that I need to be selective in what I toss into my compost bin, as some plants can introduce problems into my garden rather than…

Don’t Compost These Weeds (30+ Plants to Avoid)

Don’t Compost These Weeds (30+ Plants to Avoid)

I love composting since I can reuse my kitchen scraps and yard waste by transforming them into a nutrient-rich soil amendment (instead of just sending them off to the landfill). However, things get a bit more complicated when we’re talking about pesky weeds or unwanted grasses that pop up around my property. Should they make…

Soapy Water Spray: A DIY Recipe for Simple Pest Control

Soapy Water Spray: A DIY Recipe for Simple Pest Control

Over the years, and after much trial and error, I’ve developed a simple DIY solution that’s been highly effective at stopping pests from destroying my plants: an easy-to-make soapy water spray + a highly effective treatment schedule. To make my homemade soapy water spray, fill a 2-gallon garden sprayer with water, then add 5 tablespoons…