Why do you compost? For many people, composting is all about reducing waste. Compost diverts organic material away from the landfills and into our yard where it can be used to fertilize our flower and vegetable beds. From a practical standpoint, compost also saves us money. Here are four ways that composting saves me hundreds of dollars a year.
Lower trash pickup costs
Yard waste can fill up a trash can in a hurry and if your city is like mine, the more garbage we put out, the higher the cost of collection. Composting our yard waste and vegetable scraps means saving money on trash pickup.
Free soil amenity for vegetable garden
Commercially prepared compost runs between $75-100 for a cubic yard, even more if you buy it in bags. The compost bins in my yard produce nearly 3 cubic yards of composted material a year which I use to improve the soil in the vegetable beds. Improving the beds with homemade compost means you can get by with less water and less fertilizer than beds without compost.
No need for a garbage disposal
I don’t have a garbage disposal and never felt the need to own one because all my vegetable scraps go straight to the compost bins instead of down the drain. Garbage disposals are expensive, use electricity, and take a lot of care to keep them functioning properly. Composting diverts your kitchen scraps away from the drain and back into your yard where it will benefit your plants.
If you have chickens and rabbits like we do, the animal waste and soiled bedding can pile up in a hurry. I use my composter to convert their waste products into nutrition rich mulch which I scatter around my rose bushes and privacy hedge. Mulch made from chicken manure and bedding acts as a slow release fertilizer while also keeping down the weeds and preserving ground moisture.
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