How to Make Rich Garden Soil from Kitchen Scraps

Bury your kitchen scraps in the garden to make nutritious garden compost for your plants.
By Harold J. Cabus
August/September 2001
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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.








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