Neither our yard space nor our budget has room for a large heated greenhouse, which would make year round gardening relatively easy, instead we use a raised garden bed with plastic tunnel on our side deck. We love gardening, but our property is located on a very steep hill here in North Georgia. Needing a sunny location, we discovered that gardening on our deck is easy and convenient to simply walk out of our kitchen, cut a view herbs or veggies and cook them for our family is so rewarding, economical and fun!
Constructing the plastic tunnel over our raised bed will come in handy this fall and winter by allowing us to grow varieties of lettuces that are surprisingly cold-hardy. Spinach, kale, and other greens are among the different varieties we plan to grow! The photo below shows how we constructed our plastic tunnel!
Materials needed for a 4-by-6-foot plastic tunnel:
How well can a garden thrive on solid clay blended with four tons of bulk Foothills Compost®? Just take a look at this massive residential garden in Buford, Georgia. This garden was created on solid Georgia Red Clay, is a thriving masterpiece!
Many gardeners say that it can take years of hard work to improve clay soils. Yes, there must be a little tilling involved and as much organic matter as possible, but the key is to add a good amendment and we recommend Foothills Compost® which is organic compost created using food residuals and yard/wood trimmings from local businesses. The rich compost improves soil texture, helps the soil retain water, suppresses plant disease and prevents soil erosion in addition to enhancing plant growth. Foothills Compost® is all-natural and all-organic compost derived from 100% recycled organics.
It is perfect for all of your compost needs:
By using our product we are able to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling and reusing natural materials.
If you are a local business here in Gainesville, Georgia and are looking to reduce the size of your traditional waste containers or reduce the frequency of your waste pick up service, you should start by composting food and organic waste. Composting is the most efficient way to deal with food waste. By continuing to dump food waste into a landfill or combustion facility strains our waste system overtime, and also leads to the release of major greenhouse gases, including methane and carbon dioxide.
Did you know that over one fourth of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste? The annual value of this excess food is estimated at around $31 billion.1 There is great potential for restaurants, grocery stores, food processors and other businesses to utilize their food waste and save money. Food waste is the third largest portion of the U.S. waste stream, yet at a recovery rate just under 3%, it is currently the least recovered portion.2 In 2015, the USDA cited “Food loss and waste in the United States accounts for approximately 31 percent — or 133 billion pounds — of the overall food supply available to retailers and consumers...".
Foothills Compost® can provide you with resources and solutions to reduce, reuse, and compost your food waste, thereby returning our finished product to your community! When food waste is brought to our composting facility, it is mixed with wood chips and allowed to decompose until it forms fertile compost that can be used for gardening and landscaping. This process conserves natural resources by returning valuable nutrients to the soil, and it conserves water by forming soils that retain moisture better. Ask your local restaurants, schools and businesses if they separate their food waste to help our environment! If not, tell them to call Foothills Compost® today and let us start helping your business save money and minimize landfill contribution!
Let's talk about how to use Foothills Potting Soil in your garden! Foothills Potting Soil is an all-purpose, ready to use potting mix perfect for seed germination, and healthy indoor and outdoor plants. It is manufactured from high quality natural products with no added chemicals.
Potting Soil in Planters
Select a clean planter with drain holes.
Make certain it is properly sized to accommodate plant growth.
To ensure proper drainage, fill bottom of planter with ½ inch of pebbles or broken pottery.
Leave soil loose to allow air and water filtration.
Place plant in center of pot, on top of soil.
Fill remainder of planter with soil, leaving one inch below rim of planter.
Lightly pack soil around the plant and moisten until water seeps out of drain
Are you looking to amend your Georgia red clay soil? Nurture and amend it with some fresh organic matter like Foothills Compost®. Many gardeners say that it can take years of hard work to improve clay soils. Yes, there must be a little tilling involved and as much organic matter as possible. The key is to amend the soil using our Foothills Compost® which is organic compost created using food residuals and yard/wood trimmings. The rich compost improves soil texture, helps the soil retain water, suppresses plant disease and prevents soil erosion in addition to enhancing plant growth.
Additional Features and Benefits of our compost:
Going to the store to buy your vegetables is always an option; however growing your own vegetables is the most rewarding especially when you are using Foothills Compost®! So, how do you get started? View our video and we have also included some of the main points as shown below
We hope you enjoyed our video and make sure you check back often for more how-to's from Foothills Compost®!
Square foot gardening using Foothills Compost® is way to go for the avid gardener with limited space. The first step is to build the boxes using pine, cedar or chop down a few small trees like we did and build your own! Next, mix one part of Foothills Compost® to two parts native soil to your vegetable garden. Place your desired annual flower or vegetable transplant into prepared area. Lastly, don’t forget to top dress with Foothills Compost®!
Check out our locally produced and nutrient rich, Foothills Compost®. Our organic compost is created using food residuals and yard/wood trimmings from local businesses. The rich compost improves soil texture, helps the soil retain water, suppresses plant disease and prevents soil erosion in addition to enhancing plant growth.
Foothills Compost® Features and Benefits:
- 100% natural organic material
- Reduces amount of recyclable organic material entering our solid waste system
- Increases value of soil
- A registered soil amendment in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.
- Our product reduces our carbon footprint by recycling and reusing natural materials.
This pile is ready for screening and we are ready to take your orders! Foothills Compost® can be purchased in bulk, or by the bag. Give us a call today to place your Spring order!
Foothills Compost™ was happy to host the GGIA (Georgia Green Industry Association) Board Meeting, held Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Gainesville, Georgia. It was another sweltering hot day but thank goodness for that catered barbecue and sweet tea!
Today, the Georgia Green Industry Association is a vibrant association, adapting to the changes within the industry and in standard business practices. The Association continues to provide education, legislative monitoring, certification exams, trade shows, and conferences to the horticulture-related industries in the State.
If you are interested in joining GGIA, here are some benefits of becoming a member:
United on Industry News and Compliance Issues
Endorsed Insurance Program
Continuing Education Programs
Award Recognition for Industry Excellence
Discounts on Industry Publications
Click here to join:
GGIA Board Members
Grow organic this spring with Foothills Compost™ All-Purpose All-Organic and Foothills Potting Soil! The pictures below show our own organic squash growing in our front yard flowerbeds. Squash need plenty of sun and good drainage, and they love wrapping their roots around bits of Foothills Compost™!
Remember, if you're using organic seeds, start them in a mix approved for organic gardening...it's simple just add Foothills Compost™ All-Purpose All-Organic or Foothills Potting Soil! Grow it. Eat it. Be Healthy.
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