How To Choose The Right Compost and Create Happy Plants


Compost = Great Soil = Great Garden

How to choose the RIGHT compost. As we have talked about many times before, good soil will help you have a good gardening experience. So much great composting materials end up in the landfills everyday.

Compost is like fine dining to plants – they love it!  Some people think that compost is grass clippings and leaves collected from the yard, they are right, but it is so much more than that.

We here at “Watch Us Grow”all purpose liquid plant food we get asked quite often “what can I put in my compost pile?” and “How to choose the right compost”So we put together a list of some of the many items you can compost.

  • cow manure, pig manure, horse manure, chicken manure, rabbit manure, bat guano
  • apple cores & peelings, potato peelings, tea bags, bread crusts, toast
  • cooked rice, cheerios, macaroni & cheese, shredded brown paper bags, banana peels, fruit salad
  •  peat moss, melted ice cream, moldy cheese, old yogurt
  • crab, lobster, shrimp shells
  • human hair, pet hair, dust bunnies
  • vacuum cleaner bag contents, coffee grounds, egg shells, paper towels, shredded newspaper
  • houseplant trimmings, pie crusts
  • orange, grapefruit rinds, old pasta
  • finger & toenail clippings
  • onion skins, nut shells, watermelon rinds, old beer & wine.

Remember this is just a SMALL list of the possible composting material.

You get the idea,  just about anything can go in the compost pile.

If you have all this in your compost pile, your plants are going to love you after you add it to the soil. And also remember to always feed your garden with “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food every 10 to 14 days throughout the growing season.

Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions, The Watch Us Grow Team

(800) 921-5542

Beautiful Gardens start with the soil


Spring, when we gardeners start thinking about digging in the soil. Soil preparation is critical to succesful gardens. Plants receive many of their nutrients from the soil, so building your soil up to a point of it being beneficial is important. This does not happen overnight, you should be adding composted material to your soil consistently.

We as gardeners are lucky, we have a simple and low cost solution to our number one problem in the garden….. Yes, compost is easy to obtain and we all produce the materials used in the making of it daily. Much of our common kitchen waste makes for wonderful compost, also lawn clippings and leaves.

Another good source is animal manure, but it must be composted or it will likely do harm to your plants due to the fact that fresh manure is high in ammonia. Fresh manure can be applied to your gardens in the fall and by spring will be perfect for you to plant.

Most plant material after being composted is beneficial. Peat moss is always a good addition to the soil. Now that your soil is prepped and ready to go for another season you need plants. If you choose to buy plants, we recommend going to your local independent Garden Center or Greenhouse, they will have knowledgeable people that can answer any questions you may have. When choosing your plants don’t automatically think you should get the biggest one. Look for a full , lush and sometimes smaller plant with tight buds [if it’s a flowering plant].

Remember to always look your plants over carefully,mainly keep a close eye out for bugs, you don’t need to bring any of them home with you. As far as planting your plants, the labels will tell you whether you should place them in the sun or the shade. Once they are planted feed regularly with a balanced liquid plant food. We suggest Watch Us Grow all purpose liquid plant food.

 

Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions, The Watch Us Grow Team
(800) 921-5542