May 29 was “Learn About Composting Day.” We are here to give you the basics.
Composting is great for the environment and the cornerstone of organic farming. When organic matter decomposes, it can be recycled as soil amendment and fertilizer. All that’s needed is wetted food waste and leaves in a pile or composting bin. The hard part is waiting for it all to breakdown–it can take weeks or even months. The process can be accelerated by simply shredding the plant matter, adding water, and allowing air to periodically circulate. Composting has a wide variety of benefits for your plants, but the largest benefit is how it helps the planet. By keeping organic material separate from other waste, you avoid contamination. And, reusing plant matter as a natural fertilizer prevents the use of harsh, chemical based additives to your soil.
Here’s a complete guide to get you started. Your plants are guaranteed to be their greenest and your flowers their brightest. Enjoy the rich soil!