The Magic of Compost

on Monday, 11 July 2016.

Composting doesn't require elaborate equipment or a background in science. With some basic information and waste materials, anyone can produce compost in as little as two weeks, or within a year, depending on the attention we want to give the process. Composting uses nature's own recycling system. Weeds and leaves, grass clippings, vegetable peels, and various other kitchen wastes are turned into humus. That's an essential soil conditioner which is richer than anything we can buy.

Why throw away the raw material which generates something so valuable? And, that’s only one of the benefits from composting!

Up to 30 per cent of the garbage we dispose of each week can go in the compost pile. Reducing our waste means a longer life for landfill sites and better environmental and economic management for the entire community.

Compost not only enriches the soil, limiting the damage caused by insects and disease, but can draw the sun's heat, warming the soil, and extending our growing season. It can also improve the structure of both sand and clay soils, protecting them against drought and erosion.

Have a look at the New Brunswick, Canada environment department's composting handbook "Backyard Magic" online, https://is.gd/aWfKNB. Or this composting pamphlet from Tucson Organic Gardeners, https://is.gd/trhgwS

Here are some of the topics addressed in the handbook, “Backyard Magic”:

- the benefits of composting
- how composting works
- types of composting containers
- what can and cannot be composted
- an FAQ (frequently asked questions)
- composting indoors: special info aimed at apartment dwellers

Still not convinced?

EPA predicts that 25% of our landfill waste could have been used in compost pile.  Because organic waste in landfills is a huge source of methane gas, by reducing the amount of organic material that we dump, we can drastically reduce the methane levels on our planet.

You are produce an excellent nutrient rich soil for virtually no cost.

Compost acts not only acts as a garden fertilizer but also as a natural pesticide.

Compost helps prevent the soil from becoming too acidic or too alkaline.

Composting naturally aerates the soil, reduces erosion, and dramatically increases the water holding capacity of soil (increasing organic component of soil by 5% increases water holding capacity by four times).

It’s an educational and productive hobby that the entire family can share and learn from.

Do your homework and see if composting might work in your household!

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