Flower Garden Composting for True Organic Fertilizer June 26, 2018March 26, 2019 Daniel Rowland Composting With Containers For flower gardens, your compost mixture should be made in layers using nothing except green organic materials. Those with a disdain for using chemical fertilizers can create their own compost pile using organic waste material to use on their garden or in separate containers. Three drums are recommended for composting, although the need is based on the amount of it you will require for your flower gardens. Using multiple containers helps maintain the proper mixture throughout the process. Composting for flower gardens is a year-round effort. Begin in a drum or suitable container. Layer green organic waste and top it with a layer of dirt from the garden. The materials will heat up as they compost, then will begin to cool. Once cool, use a pitchfork to move the material to a second container. Some gardeners shun composting due to its appeal for bugs, bees and wild animals such as raccoons. However, if you remove cooked or raw meat, it will not attract animals. Keep a tight lid on the container to make this less aromatic as it matures. Composting In The Garden Instead of creating composting in a container, some gardeners dig a trench in the garden in an area that will be between rows. Generally, it is about three or four feet long and at least a foot deep. The compost materials are placed directly into the trench in layers. Materials used in the compost are ready to use when the planting season begins. Be aware that in-ground composting for flower gardens will serve as an attraction for many insects and animals. Mulch is one of the easiest methods for flower gardens. By spreading natural mulch over the surface of the flower bed between rows and plants, the wood will slowly dissolve into the ground carrying all the nutrients contained in the wood into the soil. Mulch keeps moisture in the ground and the plant roots cool during hot, sunny days.