How to Start a Vegetable Garden
By Katie Stagliano, age 11
In celebration of Earth Day I am partnering with my friends at Children's Orchard in Summerville. I will be there in the afternoon of Saturday, April 24th planting vegetable seeds for kids to bring home and start their own vegetable gardens. I hope you will stop by and visiting me for this free event.
Children's Orchard is located at :
1580 Old Trolley Road
Summerville, SC 29485
It maybe freezing outside but you can still help your garden grow. How? You can compost. Compost is using waste to create nutrients for your garden. How do you do it, is really is easy. When my mom cooks we take the vegetables and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells and place them in a big bin. When the bin is filled we take the bin to my garden and dump them in compost bin my dad and brother built. We dump the kitchen waste into the bin that also has dirt, newspapers, grass clippings, leaves that have fallen from the trees and the old plants that we pulled from the garden. We make sure it stays moist and about twice a week with a pitch fork we turn the compost and it slowly decays. When the compost is ready we will till it into future gardens. Below is a list of items that you can and cannot compost thanks to my Master Gardener Ms. Lisa! Give it a try, it cuts down on waste in our landfills and will really help your garden in the future!
Materials for Composting
Weeds (without seed heads)
Bread and Grains
Coffee Grounds and Filters
Tea Bags and Loose Tea Leaves
Fruit / Vegetable Rinds, Peelings, etc.
Leaves (preferably mulched)
Sawdust from Untreated, Unpainted Wood
Wood Ash (moderate amounts)
What Not to Compost
Cat or Dog Manure
Meats or Meat Fats
Charcoal Ashes (can be toxic)
Any Treated, Painted Wood and/or Wood Chips