Composting is beneficial for the garden in multiple ways. Composting turns yard and house waste into a valuable resource while reducing impact on the environment. This article will look at six compelling benefits of composting.
Composting benefits the soil:
Compost amends the soil, improving the structure and allowing better drainage, better water retention, better air circulation, and better root growth for plants. It adds nutrients to the soil, and can sometimes eliminate the need for fertilizer. Compost is free to make except for any expenditures on composting equipment, and eliminates the need for purchasing other organic materials such as manure or peat.
Compost modifies the soil pH:
Adding compost changes the pH of the soil and makes it more favorable for growing lawn, flowers, and vegetables. Compost is of neutral pH, and so adding it to acidic soils raises their pH and reduces or even eliminates the need for lime. This saves costs of buying lime, as compost is free to make and you can have a steady supply as long as you continue to make the compost.
Compost adds needed plant nutrients:
Compost adds necessary nutrients to the soil, reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizer. Compost is derived from natural material and so it contains not only the main nutrients but also the trace elements that plants also need. Thus, compost is a very beneficial fertilizer for plants.
Compost reduces waste and environmental impact:
Composting reduces yard and kitchen waste, returning to the environment the materials that often find their way into the landfill. It keeps nutrients from the yard in the yard, eliminating the need to import nutrients through fertilizer and purchased organic products. This makes the yard more environmentally self-sufficient and reduces the footprint of the landscape and garden activity done there.
Composting is a fun, educational project:
Learning how to make and use compost can be very educational in addition to being rewarding as a resource to the garden. By observing firsthand nature’s ways of reusing plant matter for new plants, we learn to appreciate it and reconnect with nature. Composting raises a greater self-awareness and environmental responsibility, and makes gardening overall more rewarding.
Thus, composting is beneficial in multiple ways. Compost improves the soil, saves on money by eliminating the need to buy soil amendments, benefits and improves the overall health of the garden, eliminates a lot of waste, reduces impact on the environment, and is very fun and educational.