Some people may ask – why compost? Composting is a way to have a nutrient rich fertilizer for your soil. Besides being a rich fertilizer for your soil and plants it’s FREE! After all, you would only be throwing out the waste material anyway! Plus, with composting, you have the added benefit of no chemicals involved. Just think about all the wonderful veggies and flowers! There are many benefits of composting, but here are just a few…
Benefits of Composting
- Compost reduces, or eliminates, weeds in the garden. Using compost prevents weed seeds from sprouting. Compost is a natural alternative to pesticides.
- Mature compost material has been used to stop or prevent erosion in certain areas. The binding capability in the compost can keep the soil in place.
- Reduces the amount of organic material that goes to a dump unnecessarily.
- It gives you healthier plants. Compost material can prevent your plants from contracting diseases that kill or spread to the rest of the crop or garden.
- Can create a healthier pH balance in your soil.
- If your soil is overly dry or sandy, adding compost and thoroughly mixing can help it retain more water which keeps it moist.
- If your soil is clay-like, you can make the dirt easier to work with and less dense by adding mature compost.
- Compost provides important nutrients and micronutrients to the soil and plants.
- Increases the temperature of the soil creating a better environment for plant growth and health.
To sum it all up, composting helps helps the environment, your garden, your plants and the planet. It only takes a small amount of time and is more than worth the time and effort! Stay tuned to our series as we talk about the different kinds of composting, how to build your own compost pile and what materials can be used in a compost pile. You may even be surprised at what can be used