Compost is decomposed matter while composting is “the natural process of recycling organic matter such as leaves and vegetable scraps into a rich soil amendment.” It requires three basic ingredients, water, brows, and greens, and helps plants grow! Why should I compost? There are dozens of reasons why! Here are 4 of the top reasons to compost.
1. Reducing Landfill Waste
Did you know that food scraps and yard waste together make up about 30 percent of what we throw away? The way that we get rid of waste is a nightmare. Trash and other garbage is brought to a landfill, which can be described as a large hole in which trash is dumped and covered to isolate it from the surrounding elements. Often, this garbage is left to sit because landfills are not designed to break down garbage, but store it. The decomposition process is slow due to the typical oxygen-free environment these landfills create and most things that are sent to landfills can be recycled or reused. Composting reduces landfill waste and as a result, carbon emissions. It also recycles your kitchen waste and as such can reduces the amount of trash that is sent to landfills. Ultimately, you can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by composting.
2. Save Money
Compost, otherwise known as ‘black gold’ by gardening enthusiasts, can save you money. One of the main reasons why this is true is because you are reducing the amount of trash you’re sending out. Through this, you’ll be spending less money on Also, you’re reducing the number of chemical fertilizers you would otherwise buy to maintain your garden space.
3. Reducing Fossil Fuels
Composting reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. Commercially, composting relies on machinery that requires oil and high sped-oxidization of organic matter at high heat. While the more traditional methods are slower, they are better for the environment due to the natural use of fungal decomposition. In the same vein, composting at home cuts down on the fossil fuels involved in transporting this waste, which saves fuel and energy! Similarly, composting can save water as well. When we compost, water releases slowly to your plants and this keeps water from evaporating or your plants from being overwatered.
4. Improves Your Soil & Soil
Composting improves the texture, quality, fertility, and air circulation of soil. This creates stronger, more healthy plants. Generally, soil retains nutrients and moisture better than ordinary soil when it has been created with the help of organic matter,! Similarly, compost won’t burn plants the same way that regular chemical fertilizers do.
Composting helps you save money and resources, improve your soil, and reduce your environmental impact. Plus, it’s super easy to do! Learn more about composting at our Composting 101 guide for beginners!