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Growing Peppers with Compost

Growing Peppers Using Compost - A great book about Compost

Did you know that making and using homemade compost in your pepper garden will help your pepper plants thrive? Most vegetables love soil that is enriched yearly with quality compost.

Great reasons to make your own compost:
A great reason to make your own compost is you know exactly what goes in it, if you don't use chemicals in your landscape, and buy organic produce, then you are assured your compost is going to be free of chemicals, which is what you want. Homemade compost is also alive, whereas the compost you buy in bags at the store is often sterilized... which means it doesn't have much life in it! 

We have a compost bin that we fill throughout the year with kitchen scraps, paper and cardboard, leaves, lawn clippings and yard trimmings. We stir and turn it often, and give it some water from time to time to keep it damp, which turns it into nice dark, damp, rich compost that we can dig into our gardens. If the compost isn't quite finished in the spring, we often dig trenches along where we will be planting our vegetables like peppers and chiles, and then bury compost in it and bury it with the garden soil. This way, over the season, the compost under the ground will get eaten by worms and other soil organisms and provide lots of fresh amazing fertilizer for my plants. 


The Complete Compost Gardening Guide: Banner batches, grow heaps, comforter compost, and other amazing techniques for saving time and money, and ... most flavorful, nutritious vegetables ever
The book pictured above by Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin, is a  wonderful read complete with lots of photos and info about vegetables and plenty of different ways you can create and use compost in your own garden. They present lots of alternative techniques for small space gardens, and also give lots of great tips on how to make sure your compost is the best it can be. 


So this season, start your own compost at home! Whether it's just a small pile in the backyard, or if you have a full-on three-bin system, your peppers and vegetables are sure to be pleased with all the free, organic fertilizer that homemade compost can provide. 


In fact, if you use compost well, you can eliminate the need for fertilization, and save lots of money + using compost will continue to build your soil to be a living, thriving ecosystem that helps your garden thrive.

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Compost for Green Chile Peppers