Urban Foraging: Fall Gardening

compostby Jill Lightner

Every house I walked past this summer seemed to have a few vegetables growing in the front yard. My neighbor’s dog stomped their spinach starts back in June, but most of the edible plant gardens I witnessed seemed highly successful. A bit of effort now at the end of the season can lead to even bigger successes next year. The secret? Compost.

If you don’t have your own mulch pile going, pick up a bag of organic Cedar Grove compost or their booster blend. The first is created from Seattle yard waste bins; the second is a mix of those yard collections and washed dairy manure. Cedar Grove products are sold in numerous nurseries, and can be delivered in bulk for those with substantial gardens (minimum bulk delivery is larger than necessary for those with a single small bed).

Pierce County residents can support their local curbside yard waste program by picking up PREP compost, available at six locations around the county.
For Cedar Grove information: www.cedargrove.com

 

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