Yes, you can. Vegetable scraps can be very useful in the garden and can help give back to the natural world. Vegetable scraps thrown into the garden can be useful in so many ways which are explained below:
1) Re-Growing for Food
A wide range of different vegetables can be regrown from parts of the plant which might otherwise have been disposed of. Seeds can be obtained and saved from many home-grown plants too and these seeds can be sown in your garden thus, used obtaining more food.
2) Making of Liquid Plant Feed
Here, all you need to do is to blend the vegetable scraps into puree using enough water and being the mix to a smooth consistency. Pour into a large bucket and add half of a teaspoon of Epsom salt. Leave the mix to sit overnight and proceed to add water using a ratio of 4:1. Stir the mix and add to the soil around the base of the plants.
3) Feeding the Vegetable Scraps to your Livestock
Vegetable scraps thrown in the garden can be fed to your livestock as supplemental feed for chickens or other livestock. If your livestock are those that will appreciate it, the scraps can serve as little additions to their diets. You can also decide to add the vegetable scraps to an outdoors, open compost heap where the chickens or other animals can have access to it.
4) Making of a New ‘Lasagna’ Raised Bed
If planning to make new growing areas in your polytunnel or elsewhere in your garden, a lasagna style raised bed can be a perfect idea. A lasagna raised bed is a growing area which is built up with layers of carbon rich (brown) and nitrogen rich (green) organic matter and then, topped with compost. Vegetable scraps can be added to the nitrogen rich layers of the bed.
5) Making of Hugrlkultur Mound
This is another option of composting which can involve the use of vegetable scraps. Hugelkultur mounds are raised mounds of partially rotted wood as well as other organic material, topped with compost.
These mounds are absolutely great at retaining moisture and filled with nutrients. Apart from that, they can aid in creating a range of habitats in a smaller amount of space. This method can be used in making new growing areas of a range of different shapes and sizes.
6) Preparing a Runner Bean Trench for the Following Year
Not only can vegetable scraps be composted above the ground. They can also be composted under the ground. By making a runner bean trench, you are preparing a growing area for the following year.
Here, all what is required is to simply make a trench and fill it with vegetable scraps as well as other nutrient-rich organic matter. Afterwards, cover the material back with soil and leave them all to rot down ready for the transplantation or perhaps, sowing of your runner beans the coming year. With the vegetable scraps, high nutrient requirements of the runner beans are met.
Throwing of Vegetable scraps in your garden has a lot of benefits than you can imagine most especially if they are utilized. These scraps shouldn’t be seen as waste products which should be discarded anyhow. Make good use of them for the benefits of your garden as well as for your own benefits.