YES, You CAN Compost That.

    We are approaching the very last days of winter, which means it’s time to revive the garden! Come out to Jacksonville’s Home & Garden Show next weekend and gather a few tips and treats to help your garden and home thrive in 2018! If you’re in the area, stop by to see our booth at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center on these dates:

    Saturday: March 10th from 9:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
    Sunday: March 11th from 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.

    We’ll be displaying our listings, our most popular floor plans and giving away a YETI cooler, when you enter into our giveaway!

    Before then, here are a few things you can toss out of the back door, during your Spring cleaning, to support the green-life and health of your plants. We’re talking about composting! Here are a few leftover things around the house you can use to enrich your soil.

    1. Eggshells
    Eggshells are an egg-cellent source of calcium, promoting full-term growth and the strength of your garden plants, such as tomatoes, peppers and other fruits and veggies! According to statistics, in just 2014, the total egg production value was about 10.17 billion dollars, in the Unites States alone! Why not take your eggshells and recycle them through the earth for the betterment of your garden!

    2. Coffee Grounds
    If you’re a regular coffee drinker, stop tossing your leftover coffee grounds into the trashcan; your plants could use a pick-me-up too! Coffee grounds prove to be a good source of nitrogen for the earth around your soil, promoting rich growth for your plants. By working the coffee grounds into your compost, you can resuscitate the plants that have been hibernating all winter long.

    3. Expired Spices
    Turns out, your old spices don’t have to be tossed. Use those old spices to eliminate fungi that tend to grow on your plants. Utilize your leftover spices such as cinnamon by diluting it with water, and letting the mixture sit overnight. Baking soda can also be very useful for the same reason.

    4. Banana Peels
    Banana peels prove to be a great ‘mineral boost,’ due to the large amount of vitamins in the banana peels. Adding banana peels directly to the soil encourages a richness of the compost, protects your plants against certain bugs and keeps your plants growing healthy and strong.

    5. Pet Hair
    If you’ve got pets who shed, you may or may not love the idea of putting pet hair into your compost, depending upon what hazards your garden. Pet hair can work as a major repellent against wild animals, such as deer, rabbits, foxes, ect. If you have found your garden being plagued by animals who tend to eat your fruits and vegetables, sprinkle the pet hair outside in or around your garden! This will help ward off pests.

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