How to Make Rich Garden Soil from Kitchen Scraps

Bury your kitchen scraps in the garden to make nutritious garden compost for your plants.

Kitchen Scraps

Composted kitchen scraps are great for garden soil.

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I live at a retirement complex, and the space I have for gardening is a narrow strip around my patio. As you can imagine, I don't have room for composting equipment or even a compost pile. However, I've figured out a way to make rich garden soil.

Each fall, I borrow a post-hole digger and make holes all over my garden space. From fall until spring, I deposit all kitchen vegetable scraps in the holes and cover them over when they are filled. When spring arrives, I have nutrient-rich garden soil — no equipment needed.