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Choose Composting for Garden and Earth

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

You may have thought about composting or might have even tried it, yet it's hard to see the benefits when purchasing soil and fertilizer gets the job done quicker. However, it turns out that making your own compost, no matter where you live, (yup that includes an urban setting) is a much more beneficial practice for your garden, the environment, and even your wallet.

Step up and start composting or strive to improve your current setup by adding another bin and giveaway your surplus for an Eco-friendly cycle that is a win-win for all.

Keep it Out of the Landfill

It's not difficult too understand that by saving certain household scraps you can significantly reduce landfill waste. Instead of adding to landfills materials that emit methane into the atmosphere, directly linked to global warming, compost them instead.

Author Sally Brown, a University of Washington research associate professor of environmental and forest sciences comments,

“You should definitely pay attention to where you put your food waste, and you should feel good you live in a place where compost is an option, Putting your food waste in the compost bin can really help reduce methane emissions from landfills, so it’s an easy thing to do that can have a big impact,”

Benefits of Composting

There are many benefits of composting. It is a practice that used to be the norm but then disposable consumerism erupted and people no longer prepared meals at home like they once did. Also, because of so much easily accessible abundance, people stopped Eco-friendly practices such as composting, recycling and even rain catchment

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Earth911, some the top benefits of composting are that it:

  • Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests - Soil with a healthy structure is crumbly to the touch, allowing plenty of room for air, water and energy to move freely. With the introduction of organic matter, heavy soils are better equipped to hold water and resist compaction – reducing erosion and runoff.
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers - When organic material is broken down in a compost pile, the decomposition process produces the best fertilizer you’ll ever find, known as the soil food web.
  • Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material - The organic matter found in compost introduces vital nutrients to your garden, including macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and micronutrients such as manganese, copper, iron and zinc.
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint - Instead of letting food scraps and other waste rot in a useless landfill, composting creates a robust, moving soil that doesn’t have a chance to emit toxic fumes.

Take the Composting Dare

If these benefits aren’t enough then take the composting dare. Set up a compost bin in your yard or even on your terrace or under your kitchen sink (there are mini compost bins for small spaces).

The EPA offers these important guidelines for a successful composting system:

  • Select a dry, shady spot near a water source
  • Add brown and green materials making sure larger pieces are chopped or shredded
  • Moisten dry materials as they are added
  • Once your compost pile is established, mix grass clippings and green waste into the pile and bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material
  • When the material at the bottom is dark and rich in color, your compost is ready to use. This usually takes a couple of months. However, there are more rapid applications that include adding compost friendly worms and other organic matter.

 

Once you produce your compost and begin using it to support your garden or in-home plant life, you will quickly see how easily your flora will flourish. After the initial time and cost of your compost setup, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and any other synthetic garden chemicals will not be needed. This will definitely save you money and keep your green thumb running on all cylinders soon surpassing your neighbor’s constant attempt to suppress nature rather than embrace it.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Eco Home Improvement, Green Tips and DIY, Your Garden, Your Green Home and was tagged with compost bins, COMPOSTABLE, composting, CONSERVES WATER, NON-TOXIC, ORGANIC, rain catchment, yard and garden

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