Composting for Anarchists – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Composting for Anarchists – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS.   This works with another idea I have had. Crops such as potatoes and tomatoes which can sometimes pass on diseases (like blight) are sometimes suggested to be binned and not composted but that doesn’t sit well with me. Crop rotation is recommended due to diseases in the soil being present and ready to infect the next crop if it’s the same plant family and also because each plant has specific nutrients it requires and the soil will be depleted after a crop. Better to plant something different that uses different minerals or even returns them to the soil (like legumes). Hence, I wondered whether tomato plants could be composted in the garden where they had grown, (aside from clearly diseased plants) thus returning the nutrients the plant has taken back into the soil from whence they were taken. 🙂 If your crop was diseased the soil will likely already contain the pathogens so you shouldn’t plant the same crop again for some years anyway. If someone knows better, please let me know. It’s just a thought I’ve had. 🙂

Advertisements