Why Compost?

Why Is Organic Compost The Best Thing For Your Garden?

If you, like many people,  are still not too familiar with the art of composting, you may be looking for answers to such questions as:
What is composting and why should I compost?
– How does a compost pile work?
– What is the best way to use my compost?
– What should I put into the compost pile?
– What should I not put into my compost pile?
– Why are oldtimers and those who have used organic compost in their garden calling it a way to create Backyard Magic?

I sill eventually answer all of those question, but in this  post, let’s look look at the first question: What is composting and why should I compost?

What Is Composting?

Composting is using nature’s own recycling system. Weeds and leaves, grass clippings, vegetable peels, and various other organic wastes are turned into humus, an essential soil conditioner richer than anything we can buy.

Compostinghas been used for ages; however, in the last 50 years or so, we have been lulled into thinking that synthetic fertilizers are just as good and a lot less work.  To our chagrin, we are learning that this new method of fertilization is far from being the “holy grail” advertised by big companies.

Why?

More and more  gardeners are realizing that synthetic fertilizers cannot put back ALL the nourishment which has been used up by the growing plants . . . and the soil MUST be fully replenished to remain healthy and provide all the nutrients for the growing vegetables.

Our grandparents’ generation knew the value of composting their yard and kitchen wastes and using this compost to feed their soil.   Giving back some of the nourishment they took from the earth made good common sense..and it still does!


What Can Compost Do For Your garden soil?

First of all, your lawn, garden and house plants can never get too much compost. It gradually releases a variety of nutrients just when they’re required by the growing plants. Insects and diseases don’t seem to do as much damage where the soil is enriched with plenty of decayed organic matter. And there’s another bonus: dark compost draws the sun’s heat to warm the garden soil, making our short growing season a few days longer.

Secondly, plenty of compost added to the soil acts like a sponge, soaking up water when it rains and releasing it in dry spells. It improves the structure of both sand and clay soils, protecting them against drought and erosion.

Although composting does require a bit of an effort, it is easy to do and well worth it. Creating gardening compost not only gives people a chance to do positive things for the environment but also when finished compost is used to boost the soil in any type of garden, the results can be simply amazing.

Tomorrow’s topic will be “How A Compost Pile Works”.

Until then . . .

Having Your Own Organic Garden Makes Sense!
Get Healthier! Stay Healthier!

Marcie


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