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In this second book in the internationally successful No-Waste Gardening series, learn how to recycle and repurpose your way to a successful, productive, and eco-friendly organic garden!
In No-Waste Organic Gardening, author Shawna Coronado guides you toward a more sustainable landscape with dozens of tips, tricks, and solutions that save you time and money—all while saving the planet, too! A revision of Shawna’s previous title,101 Organic Gardening Hacks, this new book tackles waste-reducing gardening in a clever, accessible way.
Learn how to:
Turn yard debris into “black gold” in a DIY compost binFoster rich, healthy soil with no-till techniques and all-natural fertilizersUpcycle household discards to grow seedlingsControl pests with traps made from household discardsBuild a rain barrel from an old trash canMix up your own potting soil to reduce plastic bag wasteProtect spring plantings with repurposed jugs, jars, and containersBuild a new raised bed with everyday items—no power tools required!
Plus, you’ll find solutions to common garden problems and plenty of innovative and resourceful ways to reduce your outgoing waste. Conquering the increasingly important art of responsible gardening is a whole lot easier than you might think, with help from No-Waste Organic Gardening.
For more advice on living waste-free, explore the first book in the No-Waste Gardening series, No-Waste Kitchen Gardening.
From the Publisher
COFFEE GROUNDS COMPOST: COFFEE GROUNDS DO NOT ADD ACID BUT DO ADD HUMIC PROPERTIES
Common coffee grounds are piling up in landfills around the world. Tons of coffee grounds are generated each year, and recycling them into your compost pile and garden beds can have many beneficial effects on the garden.
Coffee grounds appear to suppress some common fungal rots and wilts, and at the same time they have proven to be an effective replacement for peat moss (an endangered resource). But the best use for this ubiquitous kitchen waste is simply to add it to your garden compost. If you are not a regular imbiber of coffee drinks at home, go to your local coffee shop and ask them to save their coffee grounds for you—they are usually happy to get the coffee grounds out of their waste stream and also to keep them out of the landfill. Add coffee grounds (you can even include unbleached paper filters) to your compost pile liberally, but the volume of grounds should not exceed 10 to 20 percent of the total volume of your compost pile or bin.
DIY DRIP LINES
HOW TO INSTALL A DRIP LINE KIT
1. Determine the layout of your container plants or beds and how many you want to irrigate.
2. Purchase a prepackaged drip system built for container gardens or beds and that will accommodate your plan. Get a kit that includes a timer, filter, pressure regulator, and anti-siphon device; extra tubing is a bonus as being able to cut custom lengths is important.
3. Run a drinking water-safe hose from your outdoor water source to the general area where the container gardens will be placed.
4. Water pressure declines if there are too many containers attached to the circuit. Try to build a tight circuit of less than 50 feet (15.2 m) with ¼-inch (6 mm) tubing and a maximum of 12 to 15 gallons (45 to 57 l) per hour of emitter output. Larger tubing enables you to expand your footage and increase emitter output.
5. Once the system is set up, set the timer, check for leaks, and make sure there is enough water being delivered to the plants.
6. Check every few months for clogs, and flush the line for up to a minute.
7. Turn the system off and disassemble it during winter months if the weather in your region consistently gets below 35°F (1.7°C).
HOW TO CREATE A PATIO OR ART ACCENT
Mark the perimeter of a flat area for your patio, dig drainage holes, and cover with a permeable cloth cover such as landscape fabric.
Using flat, recycled materials from construction sites such as bricks and broken cement, create a pattern on the ground.
Adjust and re-adjust the pattern as necessary until the design is to your liking.
Cover the materials with a layer of sand and rough gravel. Top with pea gravel, lime screenings, or granite.
Publisher : Cool Springs Press; Illustrated edition (April 21, 2020)
Language : English
Paperback : 128 pages
ISBN-10 : 0760367647
ISBN-13 : 978-0760367643
Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.6 x 9.65 inches