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Simple Composting Guide for A Healthy Garden

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Black gold, gardeners delight, compost – it’s all the same thing. And making your own compost is simple.

But how do you make compost? What can be composted and what cannot? What kind of container do you put it in? 

There are lots of different answers and methods to those questions. Let’s start with the container.

Building healthy soil, compost, mulch for garden planting. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Disposing of Confidential Documents

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Sometimes you need to permanently dispose of confidential papers such as sales receipts, credit card statements, etc.

Come see how we easily dispose of confidential documents without using a shredder. And that ‘trash’ actually serves a purpose! Check out this Homestead Hack:

Come see how we easily dispose of confidential documents without using a shredder. And that 'trash' actually serves a purpose! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Eat Your Compost! Becoming A Food Waste Ninja…

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Have you ever thought about eating your compost to eliminate food waste?

Stay with me now, I’m not suggesting that you root through the compost heap and snack on its contents. Come see ways I’ve saved food previously destined for the compost pile. 

Can you actually EAT your compost? Stay with me now, I'm not saying you should eat the contents of your compost bucket. But there's LOTS of food you can make with scraps you'd previously just toss in the composter. Come see my favorite tips. #TexasHomesteader

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New To Composting? Don’t Worry, Compost Doesn’t Stink!

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Any gardener knows that compost is ‘Black Gold‘. But for those just starting out, there’s often some hesitation.

You’re rotting things in a pile, doesn’t that stink?

The answer is: No! 

Well actually, yes and no – the result depends on you. Don’t worry, it’s easy to make compost!

For those starting out with composting there's some hesitation. You're rotting things in a pile, doesn't that stink? The answer is: NO! #TexasHomesteader

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GO GREEN – Compostable Utensils & Wooden Plates!

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Did y’all know there’s such a thing as ‘Plastic-Free July‘? Me neither! But you know I hate plastic so I’m loving anything that has to do with eliminating more of it.  And it’s perfect timing since recent buying decisions had me looking for disposable utensils.

Wait a minute, WHAT Tammy??!  I thought you hated disposable things!

Yes, you’re correct… But we were hosting an outdoor family reunion I didn’t want my good flatware going outside & being lost or thrown away accidentally. And you KNOW I’m not gonna use anything plastic! 

So I went online searching for options. I was intrigued to find compostable forks, knives and spoons. There are many manufacturers out there but PerfectWare utensils by Perfect Stix were actually WAXED. I knew right then & there that I’d be buying those!

Compostable Utensils? YES! These waxed utensils are inexpensive and fully compostable. Used for backyard BBQ's & weddings! #TexasHomesteader

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Lowering Food Waste – Plant Your Compost!

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You buy produce with the good intentions of enjoying it with your family.  But THEN it happens…  Your produce goes past its prime.

Now back ‘in the day’ I’d sigh and toss it into the compost.  Yes composting it is better than just tossing it in the trash, but these days I go one step better. I PLANT my compost!

That too-far-gone produce then produces fresh food for my family. MAGIC!  Recently I wrote a piece for Mother Earth News about just that. Check it out, y’all!

If your produce goes past its prime, don't toss it into the compost. PLANT your compost! #TexasHomesteader

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Building a Garden Composting Area

by Texas Homesteader
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I have a raised-bed veggie garden and I love it. Gardening is in my blood and it’s something I simply MUST do every year – it’s not ever an option to forgo my veggie garden. There’s just something about digging my hands into that moist dirt and coaxing plants from those tiny seeds, and then nurturing those plants until they produce healthy food for my family. I try to keep everything in my garden as natural as possible & I use a *compost tumbler to make my own compost – I can’t recommend a tumbler highly enough.

It’s especially beneficial for us living out here in the country since we planted our home right smack dab in the middle of a cow pasture. It’s pretty native out here and there are lots of critters around outside – mice, rats, raccoons, coyotes, opossums and many more. My tumbler keeps my compost enclosed to keep the critters out of it. And it also speeds up the composting process. The task of turning the compost was something I had never been diligent about in the past, now I simply turn the barrel each time I empty something into it. Easy!

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