Weeding and composting as two related and important parts of gardening organically.
One of the most important aspects of gardening organically is weeding, not only your garden plot of course, but weeding the areas around your garden – including paths and walkways. This responsibility of gardening organically in a community garden can’t be taken lightly. Weeding your plot is part of being a good neighbor because if you allow weeds to go to seed in your plot, you create more work for your neighbors in the garden when those weeds are scattered by birds and wind into their plots.
You’ll find that weeding frequently for short periods of time, literally just five or ten minutes the plots are small after all, pays huge dividends because the weeds don’t get a chance to go to seed and the younger they are the easier they are to pull. Plus over time you’ll find that you spend less and less time weeding. Of course using a good mulch material can also help minimize weeds
Composting is just as important in gardening organically because of the nutrients finished compost can deliver to your garden but also for the natural recycling of plant material. Numerous studies have show that gardens fertilized organically are far healthier (and tastier) than those that rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Although any organic material can be composted at our garden we prefer to limit composting materials to healthy plants, fruit and vegetable scraps and coffe grounds. This is because we aren’t able to get the compost to a high enough temperature long enough to kill the pathogens and weeds seeds. Please do not put weeds or diseased plants into the compost because this spreads pathogens and seeds throughout the garden when the finished compost is spread. And we prefer that you don’t put your egg shells into the compost – not because eggs aren’t great in compost – but because if eggs are cleaned sufficiently they can attracts pests and rodents. By eliminating eggs completely we hope to minimize the desirability of our compost to our six-legged and four-legged “friends”.
We’ll be adding more weeding and composting tips as time goes on.