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Healthful things you throw away helps your garden flourish

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POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:39pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 1:58pm

There's a growing trend in the way people are prepping their gardens this year and most of the ingredients come straight from your kitchen. Lots of East Texans are in full-fledged garden-mode, and for some, that means getting ankle deep in dirt and some homemade compost.

It's the healthful things you eat and throw away that can really nourish your garden because growing the perfect garden is the key. "You should start with a healthy soil, a lot of grass is coming out dormant and seeing a lot of and a lot of your weeds are starting to come up, so makings sure that your soil has the proper nitrogen, fosferoius and potassium contents which all help flowers and plants grow," said Ashley Pellerin, Prairie View Extension Agent, Texas A&M.

Those contents come from the kitchen and your yard, more than 30-percent of what we throw away can be used for compost. Things like banana peels, egg shells, corn, even coffee grounds can all used to help your garden grow, anything that will break down naturally.

When you clean up your yard re-use. "Compost is one of those things, we all have leaf clippings, we all leaves in our yard, we have scraps from our kitchen, or potato peels," said Chad Gulley, Smith County Extension Texas A&M Agrilfie.

Those nutrients can be put in a compost pile. Extension agents say, over time, the microbes will heat up, breaking down the waste, and turning it into compost to help fertilize your garden.

"It's definitely more organic a lot of people like to know what's going into their soil, they don't like to but a lot of top soil they prefer to use what they have," said Pellerin.

If you would like to learn more about Composting click the link below:

http://smith.agrilife.org/

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