The Importance Of Composting

Composting is the process of decomposing everyday food scraps and other wastes that we discard of for agricultural and gardening purposes. Composting has many benefits, such as supplying soil with nutrients, and to avoid this waste from ending up in land fills which does not benefit the environment at all. Landfills emit many gases such as CO2 and CH4 (Methane) that are very harmful for the environment. But when these wastes are allowed to compose in a controlled environment, little to no emissions are created. If you would like to make a compost bin of your own, it is easier than you think. First you will need a bin of some sort and drill holes to allow air to circulate, you may also use a box with an empty bottom and place a piece of cloth underneath, and lay the box or bin on an container, used to trap the residue water. Your compost bin must be an equal amount of what in gardening is called green and brown. Green waste is anything from fruit and vegetable scraps to grass clippings, while brown waste is usually dried leaves, twigs, straw, hay and manure. You may even use ashes, hair, wool and nail clippings! While the possibilities of composting ingredients are endless, there are a few things that are highly discouraged such as dairy, meat or fat. One way to speed up the decomposing process is to purchase or find earthworms of any sort. By introducing worms to the compost, they process the food that takes a while to decompose, and in addition introduce acids, enzymes and other nutrients found in the worms excrements. It is very important to remember to add a specific amount of water to the compost. Too much will drown the microorganisms, and not enough will kill them, so try to have a more or less balanced use of water. After about 2-4 weeks, the compost should be a fine and brown mix ready to be incorporated into soil. If you read this article, please being or consider making a compost bin at home, and encourage others to do the same.

 

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  1. There is some work in making a compost pile at home but well worth it. You have to turn it weekly with a pitchfork but the end result is the very best food for plants and trees one can have and it costs much less than compost you buy at garden center! It also reduces the amount of vegetables , grass clippings , etc. that we send to dump grounds and lessens volume in our trash bins which is a side benefit of composting. No need to fertilize your garden if you have aged your compost and taken care of it regularly. Very wise thing to do and another way to make our planet better.

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