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COOKING FOR YOUR GARDEN

COOKING FOR YOUR GARDEN

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  • COOKING FOR YOUR GARDEN
    • Give your plants the natural nutrients they are dying to get…..
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  • TODAYS RECIPE:
    • JOHN RAY’s
    • COMPOST STEW
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  • WHY COMPOST
    • When added to your soil, it can create the perfect medium for sustained plant health, by….
    • Improving soil structure, texture, and aeration, and increase the soils capacity to retain water...
    • Help loosen compacted soil…
    • Promote soil fertility and stimulate root development in plants…
    • Create a favorable environment for micro-organisms and larger creatures such as earthworms, and insects that are nature’s soil builders...
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  • WHAT SIZE CONTAINER
    • Before you start, consider how much compost you will need.
    • An easy rule of thumb: the smaller your yard, the smaller the container, & the larger your yard, the larger the container.
    • Note that some developments in the area may have regulations on composting, and may not allow it at all. It is always best to check with your association first.
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  • INGREDIENTS
    • Grass clippings.
    • Leaves.
    • Small sticks.
    • Any trimmings from around the yard.
  • INGREDIENTS
    • Weeds, but not seeds.
    • Vegetable plants that have been harvested.
    • Raw vegetable peels, scraps, egg shells, coffee grinds, etc... / no dairy, meats, or bones.
    • Manure.
  • MIXING INGREDIENTS
    • After you have added all your ingredients, you need to mix in adequate measures of: moisture, oxygen, and nitrogen/carbon (grass clippings and leaves) sources, to generate the right conditions for decomposition.
    • For the ultimate compost the ingredients should be turned, and stirred on a weekly basis, in the warm weather. Poke at the pile with a pipe, or rake handle to aerate the mixture.
  • MIXING INGREDIENTS
    • Add enough liquid to keep the pile moist, like a rung out sponge, but avoid getting the mixture soggy. On a hot day, a beer tastes great, and your compost will love it.
    • Cover, and let simmer, at a temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit, for as little as 4-6 weeks, or up to a year or two.
  • SERVE TO YOUR PLANTS
    • After your compost is finished cooking, you may serve it to your plants, but remember, Presentation is more appetizing.
    • A perfect presentation is to rake back the mulch, carefully from your plants, use a large server, and give each plant a generous portion. Rake back the mulch, and give them a nice after dinner drink.
    • I’m positive your plants will return year after year, for your healthy and tasty meal.
  • BON APPETIT
  • http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu 772-462-1660/ Fort Pierce 772-337-5654/ Port St Lucie
  • THANK YOU
    • JOHN RAY
    • MASTER GARDENER
    • ST. LUCIE COUNTY