Why compost and what can be composted?

Why and What can I compost ?


Are you wondering why you should compost today? One big reason is that so much of your waste inside your house can be recycled as compost. This helps cut down on the trash you have and that winds up in the landfills. Compost is also a great way to add amendments to your garden so that your plants will grow healthy and strong. It also helps the soil retain its moisture content and have a higher level of necessary nutrients. All of this is important if you want your garden to grow up to its potential.

If you happen to have a vegetable garden you can have a larger harvest simply by adding compost to it. Your flower beds can also do better being amended with it. So many nutrients are added to the soil through using compost. Just think of how much less your own compost will cost to compared to those expensive commercial fertilizers.

Compost is also a more natural way of fertilizing your plants. Most organic gardeners swear by their compost for there nutrient needs in planting their flowers and vegetables. No chemicals pollute the ground waters or the environment this way and this makes compost very eco-friendly. So let's further examine the compost itself and see what can be composted safely.

What can be composted?

Before listing what can be composted, you need to understand that you need both nitrogen sources and carbon sources in your compost pile. But they have to be in the right proportions to each other to correctly work in decomposing the pile. You need 30 parts of carbon source materials to 1 part of nitrogen source material.

Carbon source materials or considered browns are usually dry things such as leaves, tree trimmings, straw, trimmings from trees, sawdust if from untreated wood, and paper. These decompose gradually and at fairly low temperatures when not enough nitrogen is present. Carbon gives the microbes in the compost pile the energy they need to help decompose the materials added to it.

Nitrogen source materials or greens usually have a fairly good moisture content and are such things as vegetable scraps out of the kitchen, grass clippings, green leaves, manure, and inorganic fertilizer. Also you can have things like coffee grounds in the greens too. Nitrogen gives the microbes in the compost pile the protein they need to reproduce and have strong bodies.

Things not to compost are meat scraps and dairy. When these spoil they tend to have too much of an odor. The meat scraps could attract some animals which you don't want in your compost pile or garden area. You can do rinsed egg shells though too.

Start your compost pile today to recycle your waste and keep it out of the landfills. You will be helping the planet while making fertilizer for your plants. In a short time you will be able to apply the compost to your plants. You will easily see the difference in using composting on your garden areas. They will thank you by giving you a bountiful harvest!

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