Green Living: Composting
If you are an avid gardener you have probably thought of it but maybe never got started. Composting is an easy way to reduce waste and create nutrient rich soil for your gardening and landscaping. Not only does composting cut costs in the long run (less garbage, fewer trips to buy potting soil) it also has a slew of other benefits that help your plants and the environment.
Boost Soil: One of the benefits to composting is that it can actually enrich weak soil. When you create a compost pile you are creating an ecosystem where fungi and bacteria grow, thrive, and break down materials to create rich soil. The presence of those living enrichers actually can help the soil around your yard when the new soil is added to the ground. The bacteria and fungi continue their work retaining moisture and adding nutrients wherever they are put.
Reduce Pollution: Composting is great for the environment, period. When you are creating a compost you are using materials that you would ordinarily throw away like food scraps and fall leaves. By not throwing them away you are reducing the creation of methane in landfills, which is usually caused by organic materials breaking down inside. The rich soil has also been known to stop or deter many pollutants, both natural and synthetic, from getting into water supplies.
Reduce Use of Resources: Using compost soil can greatly effect the way you garden. Because the soil has loads of nutrients and organisms that help retain water you will notice that you have to water your plants less, saving water. It also reduces the need for fertilizer and pesticides, keeping the earth natural while saving you some money.
Read about how you can create your own compost this autumn in our blog article ‘How to Start a Compost Pile.’