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How To Improve Soil Without A Compost Pile

Compost pile is a natural way to improve your soil fertility and the most important key ingredient for organic farming. But, it takes lots of time and efforts to prepare and don’t worry if you don’t have none. You can still improve your soil by adding some organic materials which make your soil more like loam which can boosts plant growth.

This is a great way to save waste and enrich soil with a compost pile. Even the best soil needs constant improvement and the best way to do it by adding organic matter in the form of ripening fruits, vegetables and leaves.

How To Improve Soil Without A Compost Pile:

Below are 6 ingredients that need to be added to your soil instead of compost pile to encourage the growth of plants. The best part is, 4 ingredients in the list of 6 are easily available in your kitchen without costing a penny. Check out the complete article to know them.

Banana Peels:

Banana peels contains high amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, sodium and sulphur. Dry them or grind them in to powder and mix the powder in soil before planting to boost all these nutrients. You can also make fertilizing tea using banana peels.

Coffee Grounds:

If you love drinking coffee, here is another wonderful use of coffee grounds in your garden to improve soil. Mixing coffee grounds in to your soil will not only acts as organic fertilizer but also improves soils drainage and soil aeration. Coffee has more benefits for your garden so be sure to make use of them.

Egg Shells:

Stop tossing them in to the bin after being used. Egg shells are high in calcium which is an unappreciated nutrient used as a fertilizer for your plants. All you need to do is crush eggshells in to your soil or add them to the bottom of your hole before planting transplants. Eggshells also help in preventing snails and slugs from your plants. Take your crushed eggshells and sprinkle them around the base of the plant, most pests won’t be able to cross over the sharp shells to bother your plants. Make sure to give a good rinse for your shells before you use them in your garden. 

Orange Peels:

Cut the peels of your orange and shred them and spread them around your garden to deter pets like cats and dogs by using little box. If you want to use orange peels for soil improvement, cut them in to small pieces and bury them in your garden. They will add a punch of phosphorus nitrogen and potassium for your plants. 


Azomite also improves soil by adding A to Z minerals especially for the soil which is low in certain minerals. It also makes your soil healthier and gives you vegetables that are filled with minerals that you need.

Rabbit Manure:

Rabbit manure is also used without composting in your garden. Rabbit droppings are rich in phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen and trace elements like copper, magnesium, sulphur and calcium too. It isn’t hot manure like chicken poop, you can directly use it in your garden without worrying about burying your plants. If you don’t have a rabbit, find the one who has it and they might give it to your all free.

Now, you know what to do to improve your garden soil without composting. However soil needs a little help to be nutrient rich especially after growing season.

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