Compost is crack for the garden.
When you add it to your soil, it makes the earthworms shimmy, the bugs boogie, and plants positively pop.
(From what I've read, crack has a similar effect on the people who use it; let me say for the record that I've never tried it!)
Just as good, compost strengthens your soil and reduces your need to use synthetic fertilizers or toxic pesticides. If you're NOT using compost, why are you bothering to garden at all? Really!
WHAT EXACTLY IS COMPOST?
Composting is Nature's way of turning waste into organic gold.
- Through good old-fashioned biological processes, composting converts kitchen scraps, yard waste, and other organic matter into rich and crumbly, soil-like material that attracts healthy worms, fights disease and improves the fertility of the soil.
WHY IS COMPOSTING SO GREAT?
- Composting saves money by reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemicals.
- Composting could save communities money, too. Yard trimmings and food waste together constitute 23 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That's a lot of garbage to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead!
I compost fruit and veggie kitchen scraps in my backyard. My town picks up our fallen leaves every autumn, lets them biodegrade at a municipal site, and delivers them back to us in the spring to use as mulch on our gardens and around our bushes and trees. You can also buy ready-made compost at most hardware stores and garden centers, or online at places like Amazon (we sell some in our store here). NOTE: If you buy compost, make sure it has been made from certified organic plant sources.
YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN COMPOST
You can make compost from kitchen waste, debris from your lawn and garden, or both. You can either build your own compost pile, or buy a compost tumbler or bin. You can even get composting bags to keep on your back porch, deck or patio.