Thursday, November 8, 2012

Guest Blogger Composting Advantages

Hello It’s Your Life readers! I am so excited to be here and share a bit of “back to the basics” knowledge with you.  My name is Mary and I blog over at Back to the Basics and Mary’s Kitchen.  I also own and operate an heirloom seed company called Mary’s Heirloom Seeds.

Most people don’t think about gardening in November.  I do! In south Florida we are on a very different planting schedule than most of the US.  No matter where you live, there is plenty to do to prepare your garden for your next planting season.

Photo credit: Simply up cycle dot com
 Do you Compost?

Compost is a natural soil amendment and garden fertilizer. It can be made FREE using kitchen scraps. Apple cores, banana peels, celery or carrots parts, rinds and peels from fruits and veggies...throw it all in there! But don't stop there- also use grass clipping, dead leaves and other yard waste.

Not only does composting save money on expensive fertilizers and soil amendments, it keeps all of this "trash" out of your garbage bin and out of landfills.

Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity.  Do you need to buy a fancy (expensive) composter? No way!  I use a large plastic bin with a lid.

Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms and decomposing waste. These three ingredients are essential for a thriving veggie garden.

Warning: Everything I read about compost says not to use meat, diary or pet waste in your compost.

Have you tried Companion Planting?

According to :
 Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one another.

Companion planting exists to benefit certain plants by giving them pest control, naturally without the need to use chemicals, and in some cases they can give a higher crop yield.

I would like to encourage you to think about starting your own heirloom garden.  It is a great way to save money and eat delicious produce. 

 If you decide to use Mary’s Heirloom Seeds for your gardening needs I will include 1 FREE seed pack in every order and 2 FREE seed packs on all orders which qualify for Priority mail upgrades.

Happy Planting!!!! 

Also take a look at the holiday gift packs Mary has put together along with packaging options.

Shared this blog on Friendship Friday .


  1. Awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to share!

  2. Composting is so easy and useful! You CAN compost pet waste if your pets are vegetarians such as rabbits or gerbils and you use a biodegradable litter like paper or ground corncobs. Here is my composting method.