Compost & HOA’s – Compost Done Correctly

It is easy to create compost in a dry climate. Properly done, composting is not unsightly, nor does it smell, or invite pests. I discussed the basics last week (here). More than the Basics Do you get my newsletter? One reader who does emailed me via the link at the bottom and asked for help creating an HOA approved compost area. After several missives we determined that it might have to be a clandestine compost area because his board had already turned him down. When he discussed it with them […]

Compost in the Desert – Introduction

Compost in the desert is not hard – it is just different from what all the gardening books written for other climates tell you to do. We live in a unique area, so you need to use some unique approaches. “Compost Happens” – NOT! That bumper sticker (and tee shirt) slogan just doesn’t work in the desert.  Our usual humidity of 15 to 30 percent is just not enough for compost to happen. Some added effort on your part is needed. Ingredients for Desert Compost In humid climates, instructions tell […]

Epsom Salts – The Gardeners Friend

Epsom salt is the gardeners friend twice over – or maybe I should say three times. First and second, Epsom salts contain two important macro-nutrients plants need to thrive, not merely survive. Third, gardeners can use some Epsom salts in the bath to soak away aches after a long day working in the garden. Why Plants Might Need Epsom Salt Epsom salt is a simple chemical compound of magnesium and sulfur linked together as magnesium sulfate. Both magnesium and sulfur are considered macro-nutrients – they are crucial to healthy plant […]