What Does Composting Have to do with Growing Berries Indoors?

Helpful Advice for Those Who Love Growing Berries Indoors

If you’re a veteran outdoor gardener in addition to growing berries indoors, you are probably already familiar with composting. However, if you are new to gardening and you began your efforts with indoor berry growing, then you might need some further information about composting.

What Is Composting?

Composting allows gardeners to make a nutrient-dense material to add to their soil. Compost consists of leftover plant remains. Keeping your soil enriched is important when you are growing berries indoors and composting ensures a healthy, rich soil.

Who Would Want to Compost?

Composting is not as difficult or as boring as it sounds. In fact, composting can be a great way to increase your indoor-berry-growing success.

How to Compost

To begin composting, all you have to do is change the way you look at leftover food remnants. That orange peel is suddenly now valuable. Those apple cores are no longer garbage. Instead of throwing away leftover vegetables and fruit remains, compost them!

One thing you don’t want to compost is leftover meat. Stick with plant foods in lieu of meat or other fatty foods. You can compost coffee grounds and eggshells and you can even compost tea bags -- but animal meat is a no-no. The real advantage of composting is that you can make your own compost. You won’t have to buy commercial fertilizer and you will know exactly what is going into your soil.

You have to maintain the proper temperature of the compost piles that you gather. You can buy a compost thermometer to monitor this process. This will allow you to add water if necessary to your compost pile. If your pile of compost is too wet, decomposition will be slowed down.

You can compost slowly or quickly, and it all really depends on how long you are willing to wait. Just keep in mind that it does take some time for a compost pile to fully decompose. If you just begun indoor berry growing, you will probably need to buy commercial fertilizer because it can take up to a year to have a good compost pile.

If you’re new to gardening, you should definitely give composting a try. Indoor berry growing is a great way for gardeners to grow berries in the winter, and composting provides a great way to maximize the results when growing berries indoors.

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