Yard trimmings and food residuals combined make up 27% of the US municipal solid waste. That's a lot of waste that can be used in good measures. Creating a useful product from organic waste offers benefits of resource efficiency. Adding compost to your garden or container plants can help infuse the soil with nutrients and help your plants grow stronger and healthier.
Compost is essentially organic matter and may be purchased or created at home. To create your own compost, compile a mix of green materials (coffee grounds, fruit cores, eggshells, grass clippings, leaves) and brown materials (newspaper, sawdust, branches, twigs) in a container with enough water to dampen all of the material. Turn the compost once a week to keep it mixed, allowing helpful bacteria to break down the raw materials into a rich, fresh compost. Mix your compost into the soil before you plant, or spread it across the top of the garden to give growing plants a boost. Composting is also beneficial to our environment in many ways.
Enriches poor soils
Reduces and/or eliminates the need for fertilizers
Suppresses plant diseases and pests
Encourages the production of bacteria and fungi that crease a nutrient filled material
Reduces the need for water and pesticides
Promotes a higher yield of agricultural crops
If you aren't quite sure what food waste in your home is useful for compost, here are is a suggested list that uniforms well with composting:
Vegetable and fruit wastes, even if they are old and moldy
Old bread or anything that is made out of flour (crackers, pizza crust, etc)
Cooked or uncooked grains
Coffee grounds and tea bag filters
Crushed egg shells
Corn cobs and husks
Outdated boxed pantry foods
It is very important to never compost foods such as meat (including fat, gristle, etc), fish, dairy or grease of any kind. These items will attract rodents, bugs, maggots, and breakdown the otherwise nutrient dense waste.
Composting yard waste benefits your garden and landscaping as well as reducing landfill space and methane gas production in landfills. Yard waste materials that can be used for composting include: grass clippings, straw, and non woody plant trimmings (if branches and twigs are desired to be of use in the compost, be sure to shred branches and twigs greater than 1 inch in diameter).
If you decide to use fresh manure in your garden, a proper composting structure must be applied. Note that any commercial manure has already been composted. Manure should be added slowly to the compost pile, generally over several days or weeks, and plenty of air flow should circulate throughout the compost bin. Compost should be turned regularly as manure is added. When you plan to use the compost for the garden, the addition of manure to the compost pile should be halted two months prior. Horse, cow, sheep, rabbit, and bird manure are acceptable uses; however, never use manure from household or meat eating animals.
Composting is fun, economical, and beneficial for the environment and gardens alike. Have fun with your composting project and enjoy the mighty benefits that come from your work!
Though we seemingly can’t count on Mother Nature to offer us any certainty, the calendar tells us that summer is here! And summer is a fantastic time to get out there into the sun and get your hands dirty. Is it just us, or does the feel of fresh soil between our fingers bring about an overwhelming sense of joy? No? It’s you too?! Well great! Then we have some gardening tips to get you in the mood for our upcoming Summer Gardening Days!
Summer Gardening Days are June 28, 29, and 30th – If it’s green and it grows, it’s 20% off!
This Sunday, May 12th, we honor and celebrate the women who have perhaps the most difficult, yet rewarding job that life has to offer; that of being a Mother. Mother’s Day gives us a chance to show just how much we love and appreciate these wonderful women we call Mom’s. But where did this showering of appreciation all come from?
Spring has sprung and shamrocks are in full bloom in the Black Hills. Rapid City’s finest greenhouse has a couple of varieties of shamrocks and we are very excited to showcase them again this year. Shamrocks also have an important history and are a staple to this Irish holiday that is right around the corner, so celebrate with us by learning all there is to know about these nostalgic clovers!
It’s a great time to stock the bird feeder, fill up the bird bath with some warm water, and enjoy some hot cocoa as you watch the winter birds swoop in for a bite and a bath! If you don’t have a bird feeder, or bird house, stop in and see us. We have a great selection of feeders, houses, and bird seed.
Join us January 19th on Saturday from 10am to 3 pm, for the 13th annual Birds and Blooms Event! This annual educational event is put on by both the Mt Rushmore Birds and the Black Hills Poultry Society right here in Rapid City.
Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree & Holiday Décor
It’s finally here, everyone’s favorite holiday season! That means it’s time to pick out the perfect Christmas tree and holiday decor for your family, which is always a ton of fun. We’ve got a variety of Christmas tree options in stock this year including White Pine, Scotch Pine, Balsam Fir, and Fraser Fir available in classic, flocked and colored stylings.
Christmas season is just around the corner! As always we’ll be having our annual holiday open house event. Stop by Jolly Lane Greenhouse this upcoming weekend for the winter open house happening on the23rd, 24th, and 25th of November.
Stop by to enjoy our refreshments and see all the beautiful items we have available for your Christmas decorating needs.
If you anxiously wait all year to unpack your sweaters and scarves so you can relish in the crisp air and vibrant foliage of autumn, then join us at Jolly Lane Greenhouse on Saturday, October 20th to celebrate the season with our annual Fall Pumpkin Festival. Not only will you be able to stock up on pumpkins of all kinds for your seasonal decorating and baking, but we will be hosting a variety of fall activities for all ages, including wagon rides and face painting. Mark your calendars for this anticipated event where you and your family can take part in all the things that makes this time of year so enchanting!
Experience the taste of autumn at Jolly Lane Greenhouse’s 13th Annual Chili Pepper Roast and Produce Market! Join us on Friday, September 14th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 15th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to stock up on fire-roasted chili peppers, fresh local produce and delicious canned goods that you won’t find anywhere else. And this year, you’ll even get the chance to try some of the area’s best craft brews and wines!
While it’s important to take care of your flowers and garden, it’s vital to check on your trees as well. Many ash trees in North America have been affected by emerald ash borer (EAB), which is an exotic insect from Asia that attacks ash trees. There’s no known cases of EAB being in western South Dakota but it has been found in Sioux Falls. Jolly Lane Greenhouse encourages everyone to be aware of EAB and keep your eye on your ash trees. There are ways to treat and prevent emerald ash borer if or when it makes its way to this side of the state.
As most of your gardens are already planted, it is important to remember you need to maintain them throughout the summer. Maintaining your garden can help it grow and stay beautiful all summer long. Here are some tips from Jolly Lane Greenhouse to keep your garden healthy and growing.
Living in the Black Hills during the summertime brings the chance of the infamous summer hail storms. The hail, big or small, can cause damage to vehicles, gardens, and much more. The damage from hail can get costly, so hail protection is definitely important. How do you protect the beautiful garden that you have put so much work into?
Spring has officially sprung at Jolly Lane Greenhouse. The warmer weather and increase in sunshine means that it is time to start thinking about spring planting. This is the ideal time of the year for landscaping prep and planning which flowers or plants you want for your garden this year.
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what plants to put in your flower gardens this year. At Jolly Lane Greenhouse, we understand that it can be a process picking out the plants and figuring out where they should go. There are many factors that go into planting outdoor flowers. Here are just a few tips to help you figure out the plants you should be planting this spring to best meet your gardening needs in the long run.
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Winter Landscaping Tips from Your Rapid City Nursery
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