Oct 08, 2015

Giving Back by Composting

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Composting toolsComposting is a way that you can not only help your vegetable garden, but the environment as well. It’s a natural solution to help reduce the amount of garbage that you throw away while reducing the need for toxic and harmful substances that you may add to your plants.


Home Composting

Home composting consists of mixing organic materials with compostable materials such as wood ash, nail and hair clippings, egg shells and 100% natural fibers like wool or cotton. You can also include compostable plastics in your compost pile. Compostable plastics are made from renewable raw materials like corn, tapioca and potato. When these plastics are composted, they break down becoming carbon dioxide and other natural ingredients once again. Compostable packaging can also be included, which are packaging materials made from renewable sources.


Once the materials are mixed together proportionately, they can be left to decompose naturally. After about 2-5 weeks, you will have a natural material that can be used as a fertilizer for the soil and plants.



Environmental Benefits of Composting

When you make compost, you are offering a lot of benefits to the environment. The soil is enriched by compost. The process produces helpful microorganisms that turn organic matter into humus, which is a nutrient-filled material that gives nutrients to the soil and helps it retain moisture. Humus helps in eliminating the need for fertilizers because the soil is already filled with nutrients – perfect for plant growth.


The process of composting cleanses contaminated soil. It absorbs volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which helps create VOC free environment for you and your kids. It also binds heavy metals, preventing them to be absorbed by plants, and also prevents them from getting into the water resources.


Composting at home can also help minimize landfill waste. When you compost waste materials such as paper and discarded food products, you are preventing those items from adding to the problem of increasing landfills.


Economic Benefits

Home composting can help you reduce your need for fertilizers, water, and pesticides. Since the compost makes the soil is healthy and gives it the ability to hold moisture much longer, you will spend less on your plant needs.




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1 Comment

  • Comment Link Josie Peters Friday, 25 March 2011 09:11 posted by Josie Peters

    People who are open to recycling, think about composting as a form of recycling (or reusing - even better). You stop before you throw that plastic bottle into the trash and you put it into the recycling bin instead. That's great! Now before you throw that banana peel into the trash... put it into the composting bin instead. Voila! Another step to helping the environment.

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