8 Reasons why Compost is a must!

 Composting turns waste into gold

  • In a nut shell it takes organic material and is broken down by microorganisms in the presence of oxygen to a point where it can be safely stored, handled and applied to the environment.

Composting builds healthy soil.

  • This is critical due to the fact that the US looses approximately 3 tons of topsoil per acre annually. According to the USDA

Cultivates healthy plants

  • Composting also fosters diverse life in soil, which supports healthy plant growth.  Healthy plants are less susceptible to damage from pests, weather, and other natural “threats.”

Composting eliminates the “need” for chemicals

  • Adding healthy compost to the soil in gardens not only feeds the plants growing in this soil the nutrients they need, it also makes them stronger and more capable of resisting pests.  The point I’m making is that chemical fertilizers and pesticides are extremely expensive.  Composting is basically free once the basic infrastructure and knowledge is there.

Composting diverts waste from landfills

  • If everyone did it! It could divert 36 million tons of food waste from landfills annually in the U.S. According to the EPA.

Composting conserves water

  • Healthy soil is a crucial mechanism in water retention.  Compost encourages healthy, strong root systems in plants, which in turn holds water in and decreases run off.

Composting yields nutrient-rich food

  • Plants grown in healthy, nutrient-rich soil tend to have higher nutritional content than their counterparts grown in industrial soil. If you believe you are what you eat, this is a pretty important piece of composting for human health.

Composting is simple!

Truly, it is!  The hardest part is just getting going.  All you really need to compost is:- Space – outside or inside ( vermicomposting for inside; which is composting with worms in a bin)
– Water – compost must stay fairly moist
– Air – like all living things, compost needs air, as it is generating live microorganisms like  bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes
– Carbon – brown stuff: dry leaves, straw, dead plant matter, wood chips, paper
– Nitrogen – green stuff: kitchen waste like veggie scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, and yard waste (be careful with weeds)
– Time & Dedication

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