The Benefits of Home Composting

When you keep a garden you want to keep fresh vegetables and fruits. Perhaps you want to eat organic fruits and vegetables or you’re eco-friendly. Whatever your reason there are so many benefits to gardening.

One of the many benefits of home composting is that you will be reducing waste in the process. All you need is a small space in your home. You get the benefit of normal household waste and you add to the environment.

Waste not retained in landfills goes to make the conditioner soil. This actually enriches the earth. Sometimes as much as 25% of household waste is actually excreted in the toilet. Few people realize that much of this waste is actually bio-medicinal herbs and nutrients that your body needs. Your body needs oxygen to survive. We all take in oxygen but we don’t want to waste it. As I said, many of those bio- nutrients are actually from your toilet. So going organic is always a good idea.

So what do you do if you have garden space but not enough time to properly maintain it? How about turning it into compost? That’s right. All it takes is a compost bin and some time.

Composting is a great way to reduce waste in the process. If you don’t have a compost bin you can start one by filling a plastic container with soil. You can make your own compost bin. There are pictures of them on the internet. I bought some fancy bags of agricultural soil thinking that I’ll use them later but I live in a townhouse and I’m too much of a klutz to even attempt to harvest anything.

I called my mother for help. I live with my step-father. He has a big land that he likes to farm. I asked her what he uses to make his compost. She told me he doesn’t use anything but grass and leaves.

I had no idea what that was. So I went to the internet for some research. It turns out composting is a big deal. It helps regulate the moisture in your soil which is a plus for your plants. Compost helps the soil retain the nutrients that make your plants grow so they don’t go hungry.

When you make your own compost you are participating in a natural cycle. Oxygen is added to your soil through the breath of oxygen by the microbes. As they break down the compounds they use oxygen and release nitrogen back into the ground. The more earthworms there are the better the humus levels are. That’s Mother Nature working for you.

There are ways to speed up the process of composting. You can shred leaves and the kitchen food waste or you can speed up the breakdown of the organic matter by chopping up your garbage. That’s basically what I did.

Watch the temperature. The lower the better. Sometimes animals are present in a compost pile. If they don’t eat all the garbage then the pile can still be aerated. If there are lots of rabbits then they can literally overrun the pile.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask your neighbour’s opinion. A lot of people have no idea what they’re doing to your yard. So, do your research. Find out what is considered composting and what isn’t.

Now, you might be thinking, if I can’t do it on my own, how do I do it? Don’t be so quick to say no. You can get information on the internet, visit your local city hall office, or talk with an employee at your local nursery.

I was. You now have information on how to compost. Why should you participate in composting? It will save you time and money in the long run. An added bonus is the valuable material you can save yourself.