Well, if you've been collecting scraps and adding them to you compost pile all Summer long you should have a nice little compost pile going, if not it's never too late to get started.
Start by piling all your dead leaves, dead plants, old mulch, and any other organic matter. Heap it all in a nice pile, moisten with a mist of water and cover with heavy black tarp to help hold in heat.
You can add to it this Fall and don't worry about it freezing this Winter, it just helps the break down process for the bigger and harder pieces of wood.
If you already have a pile that has started to break down from this Spring you can store it in old unused pots and containers for next year. I just keep two piles in different stages of decomp.
*Remember if you add food to your compost pile you will need to have it in some kind of compost bin or container to try and keep pets away. I don't use this yet but I may at some point.
*Fall is a great time to get lots of material for your compost pile, such as falling leaves and clippings from your garden. When leaves fall instead of bagging them, if you have a bag attachment on your mower you can mow the leaves to mulch them up and then just dump that into your compost pile.
|Mower with bag attachment|
I live in what is considered the lower Southern region. We have very hot and humid Summers and mild Winters. Our yard is the typical Texas landscape sandy with lots of clay, but I have managed to transform sections into nice little growing spots by using compost.
Do you have any special tips or tricks you can recommend for your compost pile, if so leave them in the comment section below.
Happy Growing :)