How to Prepare Compost from Trimmed Tree Materials

Trimmed Branches of Live Oak

Trimmed Branches of Live Oak, Jan 2014

Composting plant materials is one of the best sources for Spring garden nutrition and soil amendment. After trimming dead and unruly branches from trees in winter, use that material for compost to revive Spring gardens. The Photo (left) shows the cut branches of live oak, ready for the shredding process.

This post briefly describes composting and how to use the trimmed tree and shrub material for a Spring garden that will reward the efforts! Before trimming trees and/or shrubs, always consult a tree expert for advice—and possibly for the trimming service. (You’ll do the trees a favor and potentially save yourself a bit of grief.) Continue reading

Four Steps to Composted, Organic Fertilizer for the Garden

Paint and Bay horses shown

Barbi and Buck, 2012

Organic Fertilizer for my garden comes from these two!

Horse manure is the fertilizer of choice for our gardens for three reasons:  1) it’s organic, 2) it’s readily available, and 3) it contains undigested forage (grasses and hay) so it also “softens” the soil for the plant roots. Continue reading