Reduce the Smell of Compost – My Personal Story

Reduce the Smell of Compost - My Personal Story

How to Reduce the Smell of Compost – My Personal Story

I’m sure that anyone who is really into gardening has tried their hand in making their own compost. I mean, you can’t trust all of that fertilizer stuff that all of those garden stores have. Who knows what goes into those products? If you’re looking to make your garden as organic as possible, you simply need to use your own compost. Of course, compost is absolutely essential in keeping the garden fertile for any kind of crop that you might want to grow. Everyone I know in my community are very obsessed with their compost.

But, we all know one thing – compost can stink. Well, not just stink, sometimes it can sometimes smell like you have a rotting dead animal in your backyard! Not nice. If you have been dealing with problems in regards to the smell of the compost in your home, you’ve come to the right place. I had been dealing with a horrid compost smell for the past few weeks, and I finally discovered how to reduce the stench. I am sitting, writing this in my backyard, and all I smell is the beautiful smell of flowers … not something that smells awfully like dog poo.

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What are the Ratios in Your Compost?

The ratio of material in your compost plays a very large part in how bad or good, your compost will smell. In general, if you are making compost from backyard clippings and fruit and vegetable leftovers, you will have both nitrogenous material as well as carbon-centric materials in your compost. Nitrogenous materials, when they are heavily over powering of the carbon-centric materials in the compost will produce a very bad stench.

Carbon-centric materials are typically anything and anything brown that you will find in your background. Everything from dirt, dead leaves and sticks will be classified as carbon-centric materials. You want to make sure that you have more carbon-centric materials in your compost than nitrogenous. Basically, if you find out that your compost is basically a whole bunch of salad leftovers with some grass clippings, your compost is going to smell bad. Add an equal or more amounts of carbon-centric materials and you will notice that the stench of the compost will drastically reduce.

Things You Should Never Throw into the Compost

I find it very common that amateur composters are putting the wrong things into their compost. I’m sure that either you or someone you know has definitely put some of the big no-no’s in compost into their compost. People get the wrong idea and think that they can put all of their food scraps into the compost and that will magically cause some great compost – certainly not.
You should never put any meat into your compost. Meat will decompose and rot and produce a stench that will literally go all over your neighborhood. Not to mention you will find juicy maggots crawling all over your compost, with a side order of a large amount of flies! No, never put any kind of meat, even bones into your compost if you want to make sure that you have proper fertilizer that doesn’t smell in the slightest.

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Furthermore, never ever put any dairy into your compost. Much like meat, milk will spoil and rot in your compost. You will find the most horrendous stenches you have ever experienced coming from your compost if you choose to throw a large amount of old milk and cheese into the mix. Never, ever, ever, put dairy into your compost.

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The Location of the Compost Pile

The whole point of compost is to provide the bacteria air so that they can make the compost fertile and fit for use throughout the garden. You see, the magical component that I’m talking about his oxygen – air. You need to set up your compost pile in an open space which is subject to lots of air.

When compost is not able to get the air it needs, the bacteria starts to decompose the compost. This leads to horrible smells that will stink up your whole backyard. I am amazed when I see some people put compost into a bin of some sort. Putting your compost into a compact bin will ensure that you will get some mean smells coming out of it in no time!

Compost should be a neat pile in an open area of your backyard. If you want to make sure that all of the compost that you use throughout your home is smelling great and doesn’t leave guests, friends and family with a face that looks like ‘somebody stinks!’ then follow the tips given in this article!

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Essential Garden Tools You Need

Absolutely Essential Garden Tools You Need

I have noticed that many Canadians haven’t truly taken advantage of the amazing Canadian soil. It’s truly a shame that many Canadians haven’t taken up gardening and the many joys that come along with the little hobby that I and many others share. I personally have a very large garden that I take care of in Toronto and I use all the produce for my restaurant. I can definitely say that my restaurant wouldn’t be considered one of the best in Toronto if I wasn’t using freshly grown produce.

So, are you interested in getting into gardening? Well, of course you are! Well, I thought that for anyone who is looking to get into gardening or those who are into gardening and looking for some extra information will benefit from this article. I have decided that I will write this article to address the absolutely essential garden tools that are often overlooked in the garden which truly make a world of difference when it comes to having a healthy garden.

Get the Blow Vacuum Out

It seems that many of us just settle with simply either a lawn mower or lawn trimmer when it comes to maintaining our gardens. It’s true, if you want to simply ‘maintain’ your garden then a lawn trimmer or lawn mower will do an able job. However if you are thinking of truly maximizing the potential of your garden you can’t go wrong with getting a blow vacuum.

blow vacuumThe blow vacuum works by cleaning the remains that are left after going and doing a trimming or mowing job of your garden. This means that you will not only make your garden in maintained condition, you will also get rid of all of the gunk and scrapings of grass and such that can interfere with having a healthy garden. Blow vacuums are not even that expensive, the investment really is worth it in the long run as you have much more healthy plants growing as they are not blocked and infected by old dead organic scrapings. The Blow vacuum has been pivotal in clearing out all the leaves on my beautiful acacia wood floor.

Get Some Good Quality Garden Gloves

Many of us don’t realize how important safety is in the garden. It’s true that garden is seemingly ‘harmless’ – which it is. However, gardening can become quite a bit of a concern once all those cuts and scratches accumulate and you end up with a nasty hand or arm garden toolsinfection. I’m sure that many of my fellow gardeners know what I’m talking about.

If you go about gardening without any gloves or with poor quality gloves then you will end up with an infection sooner or later. I mean, what do you expect? If you constantly get scratches and expose your wounds to the dirt and what not that is located in the garden you are going to eventually wound up with an infection. Of course, the infection you would get wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but it still would be very annoying to say the least.

So, instead of completely focusing just on productivity you should also look to ensure your safety. What good is a perfect garden if you can’t go out and work in it because you have an inflamed hand? Exactly. Get some really nice and tough rubber gloves and you will be set to work in the garden for hours on end for years to come with no risk of infection.

These two garden tools are something that I truly believe are essential for anyone to utilize if they want to make sure that their garden is reaching its full potential. In addition, these garden tools are not expensive in the least. I highly recommend you all to heed this advice and go and buy these awesome products for your garden today!

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Unsual but Useful Home Gardening Tips

Unusual yet Amazing Home Gardening Tips

I have been gardening in wonderful Toronto for many years now. It’s safe to say that I have made many mistakes as well as learned many things during my journey. I have obviously learned very important rules to follow when it comes to gardening. Although, I have also found out some very interesting and usual tips and tricks you can utilize when gardening. Most of the tips I learned from a lovely friend of mine over at http://aceadam.com.

I thought it wouldn’t be very kosher of me to go about and keep all of this information for myself. Thus, I decided that I would go out and write a little overview of the few unusual yet useful tricks I have learned form slaving away in the garden throughout my free time.

Lets Keep it all Natural

One of the things that annoy me and many fellow gardeners are those annoying markers that are put onto plants. Many people naturally will forget which plant is which. This is definitely true if you have a very large garden and are planting lots of wonderful plants which you haven’t really had the time to look into very deeply.

The result of this is usually having a garden full of sticks of ugly markers which have written on them the name and description of the plant it is marking. No-one likes seeing your beautiful garden looking like an artificial laboratory experiment. Hence, I have used a solution which makes everything looking beautifully sublime and natural. You simply get some really nice pebbles or flat rocks as markers. They look beautiful and are natural all the same, they also don’t stick out like a sore eye. Simply write down the marker and put the marking face-down into the dirt and it will seem like there are no markers at all.

Save Water and Give Nutrition

I’m not sure about you all, but I love to make some boiled vegetables for my family every now and again. Of course, I like to do a lot more to the vegetables than just boiling them as I’m a chef and I know how off-putting a bland meal can be. Well, that’s beside the point I’m trying to make though.

When you are boiling any type of vegetable you will often need quite a lot of water to get the job done. Most people will instinctively just through all of the boiled water down the drain when they are done using it. However, with all the precious water you can save yourself a lot of time and money by simply using the water to water your plants in the backyard.

When boiling vegetables, many of the nutrients get transferred to the water. This makes the water much more nutritious that regular tap water of any kind. In addition, it is a lot more natural and wholesome than some kind of sketchy fertilizer solution. Simply use the water you used to boil the water onto your plants for some much needed nutrition supplementation for your plants. In addition you won’t have to go around watering your plants every morning, as you would have done that the night before. It’s a very nice idea indeed, I would like to thank Ace for sharing this with me.

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Important Advice on Organic Home Gardening

What You Need to Know about Organic Home Gardening

There many people out there who have hopped onto the organic bandwagon. Of course, I say bandwagon in the most sincere way possible. Going organic definitely may give yourself and your family a lot of benefits as well as helping the environment by not supporting the use of toxic pesticides and what not. By choosing to go organic you are choosing the natural way that food was meant to be enjoyed without opting for the artificial, genetically modified route that we seem to be heading right now. Although, genetically modified food may be very important for those countries facing horrible situations of malnutrition. It’s a can of worms. I was talking about the exact same thing with my friend Ace, and it turned into a bit of an argument.

Anyway, organic food is definitely something great, so I thought I would go ahead and outline some key things you might want to learn if you’re planning to go organic. I have gone organic, and have stayed organic ever since the craze sort of started to take off back almost a decade ago. Once again, I say craze in the most positive way possible. I remember getting a bit of backlash at my restaurant when I was talking about the ‘trend’ of going organic.

The best route you can take when going organic is to do it yourself at your home. You can get organic foods from organic supermarkets and what not. However, the truly organic way is to make it yourself. Making your own food is basically as agrarian and grounded as you can get, and will be the most rewarding. That’s not to say getting the stuff from a market isn’t fine and all, but I would say for the crops you adore the most, you should go ahead and grow that stuff by the power of your own hand. Trust me, it will be so worth it when you get your beautiful home grown tomatoes or whatever vegetable or fruit your choose and make something absolutely delicious out of it.

Doing the organic gardening by your own terms is actually a lot harder than what you might think. You won’t be able to use those horrible fertilizers nor use toxic pesticides to ensure that your crop will reach a point of fruition. Yes, you will have to do a little more work than the conventional garden. Nevertheless, like I said, it will be all worth it in the end. You will have to create your own ‘fertilizer’ out of home-made compost and use natural pesticides to get rid of anything that can ruin your crop. Hell, you might even opt to get the good old scarecrow out if you’re thinking of doing a full-scale organic operation.

Weeding will also be another thing you will have to get used in an organic garden. It’s true that you will get weeds even if you do use those artificial chemicals for your garden. Although, you will be happy to know that those lovely weeds will get multiplied greatly if you go organic. This of course means you will have to do more maintenance in and around the garden getting rid of the weeds. If you enjoy weeding, that this might be more fun for you, and if you don’t – well tough luck.

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Simple Guide to Essential Garden Lawn Equipment

The Greatest Garden Lawn Equipment You Can Buy

Many people who have just moved into a house, who have prior lived in an apartment have a lot of trouble choosing the right lawn equipment. You wouldn’t be surprised that also, there are many long-time house owners that also don’t know what the best choices in garden lawn equipment are. I mean, who can blame them? Owning and maintaining a garden certainly does not come with a handy manual when you first make your purchase. I remember being very confused when I got my first house in Toronto and I had no idea what to buy or what was needed to keep everything in check.

However, that was quite a long time ago. You can guess, that by me having a site dedicated to gardens that a lot has changed since those times. It certainly has, and that’s why I’ve created this post in an effort that anyone who was once in my situation will get the helping hand that they need. I have created a little article for you all which will outline all of the garden lawn equipment you need to get everything started.

Garden Mower

If it wasn’t obvious enough, you will definitely need to get yourself a garden mower for garden maintenance. The grass, weeds and any other growth you have in your garden are living things. Living things are always changing, and they are always growing. Thus, if you just let your garden grow on its own, you will have an overgrown garden in no time. You must properly mow your lawn.

If you have more money to spend than on just a simple rake, you can save yourself a lot of time by getting a blower. Blowers just make the entire cleaning process in the garden a whole lot easier than raking. Although, some people I know still seemingly ‘love’ to use the rake.

I would suggest getting a garden mower over a string trimmer due to safety. String trimmers can be very dangerous especially if you have small children or pets around. In addition, the up and down motion of using the garden mower is must more simply and relaxing than going around with the string trimmer.

The Bare Basics

You are going to need to get your hands on some pruners and rakes for your garden. I highly suggest the really cheap and good quality one’s by Felco.  This might seem like a pretty obvious type of thing you would need for your garden, but I nonetheless will talk about it here. Once you have finished mowing the lawn you will realize that there will be a lot of dead grass residue scattered all around your garden. You simply can’t just let them lay there and rot.

Thus, you will need to get a rake and rake that stuff in and through them out. Also, if you have trees, or any type of shrubbery in your home they will have a tendency to overgrow if you don’t maintain them. So, you will have to get yourself a pair of pruners to keep their overgrown branches and what not straight in check. Overgrown branches and growths can become dangerous if you leave them for too long.

The Lazy Mans Friend

Instead of walking around and raking everything into a neat pile, you can just press a button and see all of the gunk fly away before your eyes. You can even use blowers for getting rid of dead leaves or any kind of rubbish left in your backyard. If you don’t have anywhere outside of your home you can blow them too, you will have to rake the blown away waste. However, it will be a much quicker process as you will be able to round them up much quicker than doing the entire thing just with a rake.

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Ordering Home Gardening Supplies Online – My Advice

What I’ve Learned from Ordering Home Gardening Supplies Online

I have always been very wary when it comes to buying stuff of the internet. You have always heard stories of people, not so much getting scammed, but getting stuff which was not what they expected to the advertised product. It’s basically how it works most of the time on the internet, you can’t really physically touch and see the product so you never really know what you’re getting. That was why I was so weary of getting my home gardening supplies off of the internet when my friend suggested it to me.

My friend told me that you could save a lot of money by going the internet route. You basically get access to a whole seller when you go and buy gardening supplies off the internet. You can easily see stuff for less than half the price you would get at your normal gardening or home improvement warehouse. This is actually really great, as you save a lot of money on the initial product as well as saving a lot of money by not having to waste your precious time going out and collecting such gardening supplies.

Many people in addition do not realize how much they can save just by buying their gardening supplies in bulk. It isn’t like you are going to just have a garden for 1 month than completely destroy it, so it’s wise to simply go and buy a bulk option to save yourself money for the long run. I had bought a lot of fertilizer and other gardening materials off of these online whole sellers. Don’t get me wrong, I have a completely organic garden so I don’t use the fertilizer myself. However, I donate it for the community garden in my local area in Toronto. I’m a community person like that, and like to help out other gardening enthusiast whether organic or not. However, you will be sure that I will be getting the best deal possible when it comes to me getting the materials I will be donating.

When buying all of these home gardening supplies on the internet your best bet is to go with a trusted website. Do not go for any company which is not located in your home country, especially if it is China. They will often have the best prices, however, you will either get your product after waiting an extremely long time or it will not come at all. Also, these companies often have a very sub-par product, it’s best to stay local when you’re looking for such home gardening supplies. Simply make sure that there are many good reviews for the website and that the website is active on social media. If they are active on social media you know that they are legit as they are making themselves very open to their customers meaning that they really do have nothing to hide.

I hope this helps any of you wondering about the best and most efficient way to get your home gardening materials.

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The Best Choices in Garden Lawn Furniture

The Best Choices You Can Make When Choosing Garden Lawn Furniture

When I’m not doing chef duties around Toronto, I’m usually trying to improve my garden at home. I live in a fairly modest house with my wife and 2 children, and I’m always looking for ways to improve my home life. We spend a lot of our times at home, so whenever I’m not at work, I am always striving to make our home as most effective and practical as possible.

Lately, I’ve started looking into the many benefits of getting the right garden lawn furniture at home. The garden and backyard of any home is definitely one of its most important features. If it’s too dirty and untidy, it pulls the image of the entire home down the gutter. On the other hand, if the garden is beautiful and full of really harmonious uses of garden lawn furniture, it actually amplifies the house in its entirety.

I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what exactly is the best furniture choices for the garden and backyard, and now, I think I have a solid answer. Many people over-do their gardens or choose furniture options which aren’t really compatible with their garden. Thus, I have compiled a little list for you all so you can see for yourself the best choices for garden lawn furniture is.

Hammocks

Hammocks are definitely one of the greatest choices anyone can make when they are choosing to furnish their backyard or garden. The hammock is something which simply can’t exist without the presence of a garden. It was literally made simply for the garden or backyard and it rightly belongs there.

The garden and backyard are typically the image of relaxation and comfort. There definitely isn’t an office space atmosphere when you’re frolicking in your backyard. Thus, you would think it would be logical to look for choices in furniture which would greater exemplify such relaxing qualities in your garden. The best choice for something like this, is obviously the hammock.

The hammock allows you to have a really nice nap or relax and read a book on those lady Sundays. The hammock also allows you to add an extra area for guests or family to hang out and relax on their own if they choose to. It truly has many different uses which would be really good to be taken advantage of. The hammock is definitely something which you need for your garden.

Outdoor Canopies

It seems that the garden or backyard is a no-go area for those cold winter days, or when it’s rainy. This is definitely true if you don’t utilize an outdoor canopy. If you don’t have an outdoor canopy, why would you go ahead and spend your precious time out in the cold damp air, or getting soaked wet by the torrential rain – worse yet freezing from the snow? But you do have to admit, the fresh outdoor air and atmosphere will always be pleasant and refreshing whatever the weather is.

Thus, to enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather is, you definitely get your hands on an outdoor canopy. It’s one of the greatest inventions for those days you want to enjoy the garden but the weather simply isn’t going your way. Many outdoor canopies will feature a heating system, so you get to enjoy the refreshing outdoors while staying warm and protected inside a canopy. This is yet another must have for anyone who has a garden or backyard. On another note, make sure you go with Behr when it comes to staining your canopies, they truly are the best in the business.

Save Extra Money with Patio Sets

Many backyards and gardens will have a patio, and if it doesn’t, its missing something very important. The patio is fundamental to any type of garden, it allows for an area of space where you can enjoy the many things you can do inside, but outside in the fresh air. You can also get a little bit creative and begin doing creative things with the patio floor, like adding stains to them.

What many people have difficulty with their patio is that they are unable to choose the right furniture combination for it. Many people find it troubling choosing the right furniture choices which will work together on the patio. You wouldn’t want to have any large couch and a small dining table on the outdoor patio if they are squeezed next to each other and have a different color scheme – it just wouldn’t look nice.

This is where patio sets come into play. You get to choose a perfect set of furniture which all look the same and complement each other when you choose a patio set. In addition, you will save a lot of money by choosing to go and buy a set in comparison to simply buying each piece of furniture individually. You can easily see why you need to get a patio set for your patio.

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