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The side dressing technique works wonders, especially when using coffee grounds and filters for tomato and pepper plants. These plants thrive on nitrogen, which coffee grounds abundantly provide. Simply dig a few inches down, about four to six inches away from the main stem, and bury the filter and grounds together.
Most coffee filters are 100% biodegradable, and as both the grounds and filters break down in the soil, they contribute nutrients and humus, enriching the soil in the process.
Crushed eggshells are another fantastic ingredient for side dressing, particularly around tomato and pepper plants. As the shells decompose, they release calcium, a vital mineral that helps prevent blossom end rot in both tomatoes and peppers. For best results, it’s advisable to grind the eggshells into a fine powder to expedite the release of their nutrients.
Additionally, vegetable scraps like potato and carrot peels are excellent choices for trench composting. They decompose rapidly, providing extra nutrients and enhancing the organic matter content of the soil.
Regardless of your location or winter experiences, consider trench composting to make the most of your kitchen scraps this year. Here’s to reaping all the benefits of trench composting, whether it’s during the winter or any other time of the year!