Teach your family how to compostIn recent years, much attention has been on global warming and the harmful substances in our food. In more ways than one, composting is emerging as one of the solutions, to reduced harm on the environment, and a source of safe plant nutrients.

Composting is a way of recycling organic matter, transforming it into something useful. The organic materials include tea bags, vegetable waste, egg shells and coffee grinds, placed in one spot, and left to decompose, gradually. The result is a dark, rich and earth-smelling material that serves as a soil amendment, nutrients and ideal mulch for the plants.

The Benefits of Composting and Application

The decomposed organic materials are among the best sources of plant nutrients you can get. Compost creates healthful surroundings, which plants need to thrive, and produce tasty, safe and rich food. Most gardeners know the important role, it plays in soils amendment. It enhances soil structure, gifting it the capacity to hold sufficient amounts of moisture, air, and nutrients. Simply, composting effectively improves soil drainage.

composting 101Composting reduces the total amount of water plants need to thrive – the mulching effect. The thick and rich earthy matter improves the soil’s moisture retention ability, and you don’t need to keep watering the plants, now and then.

Compost also improves the texture of sandy and clay soils, making them moisture retentive and rich. In other words, compost allows you to transform the not-so-plant-growth-friendly soil, loamy. It cuts back on the use of commercial fertilizers and plant food, reducing the total overheads of gardening.

For potted plants, use compost to provide nutrients. Also, mix a bit of it in the soil to enhance texture and drainage. You can also use the compost to grow a few of your favorite vegetables – you can never go wrong here. If you’re looking for a easy way to get started, we recommend you check out this article.

Teach Your Family About What to Compost and What Not to Compost

You’ll be suprised at how fast the kids catch on and how much less you are throwing away! The best materials to use when composting include the carbon-rich browns such as twigs, nitrogen-rich greens such as grass clippings, water, and air. Other greens that you can add to compost include used teabags, coffee filters, vegetable scraps, fruits, plant trimmings, and eggshells. We’ve found having a small compost container by the kitchen sink works best for gathering household food scraps. Daily emptying is an easy job for little ones starting to participate in small family chores. 

The ideal carbon-rich browns are things like untreated lumber sawdust, weeds, dried grass, and straw. Water helps in the decomposition process and supports the growth of microbes. Ensure that the compost is always moist.

Air, on the other hand, enhances decomposition and controls stench. The ideal ratio is four parts brown and one part green.

Some of the things not to compost include animal fats, fish, and meat. These animal products easily attract undesirable guests that may interfere with the process. The cat and dog feces are more than likely, to bring unpleasant smells and diseases into your compost pile. However, manure from rabbit, horse, cattle, and chicken, is ideal.

 

Author: Michelle Whyte

Michelle Whyte, has been an avid gardener for many years and currently runs her own thriving vegetable garden. Besides getting her hands dirty, she enjoys sharing and connecting with others who enjoy gardening as much as she does. View all posts by Michelle Whyte

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