How to make garden waste work for you



If you have a garden of any size at some point you will have to deal with garden waste clearance. While your garden will produce wonderfully healthy food to eat, there will be other things it produces. And you have a number of choices as far as what to do with that extra material. One way would be that anything you don’t eat could get thrown in the trash can and sent to the dump. But first that isn’t really a great idea for the planet as a whole, and on a more personal note, that material could be working hard for you.

Depending on how big your garden is and what other systems you have in place, garden waste clearance could become a gold mine. The easiest way to deal with that extra material, be it vegetables that stayed out a bit too long and turned or just the stems and leaves of plants after harvest, would be to make a compost pile in your yard. You can heap up all that garden waste and various kitchen scraps, lawn trimmings and even ash from fires or grilling. You’ll want to turn it now and again, and chopping or shredding larger material will help it to break down faster. But this will all turn back into amazing soil for garden in the future.

If you have some livestock, anything ranging from a few chickens or ducks up to sheep, goats or cows, there may be some of that garden waste that can be feed to your animals. This is an easy way of increasing the yield of your garden. Plus since you are supplementing what you are feeding these animals you will cut back on your animal food bill. One word of caution though, you will want to verify that the plants you are feeding your particular animals (and those parts of the plant in particular) will not be harmful to your animals.

Of course you might have a biomass generator. It is a device that converts that extra waste into electricity. They are not very wide spread in use, but more and more companies are popping up that make them. If you happen to have one or are looking into getting on garden waste clearance time could become low cost power time.

Then again, you could always just leave it in your garden. After the harvest is done, anything that is left like stems and leaves can merely be pushed down and solarized. You cover your garden plot with some greenhouse fabric, the sun will then cook any extra material, killing any extra seeds and insects, and speed the return of the nutrients left in those bits of plants back to the soil for next year’s growing season.

There is no need to fret when it comes time for garden waste clearance. You have options, and the best part is none of them are all that complicated. You will merely have to look around at your set up and see what the best option is for you and your family.