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Composting on the Spot

kompostNo need for a compost bin or even a compost pile to produce compost. You can simply compost on the spot by digging a hole in the garden, placing green waste inside, then covering it up (this is often called “pit composting”). You can even simply dump garden wastes directly on top of your garden’s mulch, perhaps between or behind plants so it won’t be so visible. Some wastes decompose more quickly than others, especially those that are chopped up finely, but eventually earthworms and soil microorganisms will decompose any organic material.

Sometimes life is sooooo simple!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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