Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House
Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House. I'm so humble.

This week’s Tuesday Tip is making your own mulch to enhance your garden. Now that I’ve been making my own mulch through composting, I can see the difference in my plants. Instead of  using nitrates on my potted plants, I use my own natural mulch!

Tip # 5: Compost your kitchen scraps, reduce your trash and save money on fertilizing your plants!

How making your own mulch saves you money

  • Plants that are fertilized naturally, are healthier plants….you will save money by not having to replace your plants as often. Many plants, especially potted plants, need nutrients every so often, mulch is a better natural alternative than store-bought, nitrogen filled fertilizers.
  • You can save money by making your own mulch instead of purchasing fertilizers. You can use your home made mulch on potted plants, gardens, flower beds, even your yard. Think of all the money you’ll save by not having to purchase store-bought fertilizer (all less smelly!)

Making your own mulch reduces the amount of trash you throw away

  • One way to make your own mulch is through composting your kitchen scraps. An outdoor composter can easily be made with the help of a plastic garbage can. If you cut the bottom out so that it uses the dirt as a natural bottom, you can throw scraps of vegetables, fruits, bread, and egg shells into the home made composter (less trash in your garbage can). You can also add yard clippings and shredded paper (a really secure way to dispose of your important documents…turn them back into soil!)

Have you tried composting your kitchen scraps? Do you make your own mulch? How much kitchen trash could you reuse by composting?


  1. I just got my compost pile going a few weeks ago. I knew it was going to cut down our garbage but I was surprised at how much. Between recycling and composting we’re down to less than a kitchen garbage bag each week.
    .-= Mrs. Frugal´s last blog ..Do Your Friends Share Your Financial Values? =-.

    • @Mrs. Frugal – Isn’t it amazing how much less trash there is? I love my compost pile. But it did take a while for it to fill up to where I could use the mulch. There are only two of us in our household, so we don’t make as much kitchen waste as a family of 3 or more would. I’m glad to hear you started yours! 🙂

  2. @Simple in France – Coffee grounds and tea bags are great to add to the compost pile. I think it naturally balances out all the food scraps. It’s good to hear there are so many other composters out there! 🙂

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