What is composting?
is a controlled process of decomposition of organic material. Naturally
occurring soil organisms recycle nitrogen, potash, phosphorus, and other
plant nutrients as they convert the material into humus.
Benefits of composting
Composting is a convenient, beneficial and inexpensive way to handle
your organic waste and help the environment. Composting:
reduces the volume of garbage requiring disposal
saves money for you and your community in reduced soil purchases and
reduced local disposal costs, and
enriches the soil. Using compost adds essential nutrients, improves soil structure,
which allows better root growth, and increases moisture and nutrient
retention in the soil. Plants love compost!
What you should compost?
Yard wastes such as leaves,
grass clippings and weeds make excellent compost. Fruit and
vegetable scraps, plus food wastes such as coffee grounds, tea bags, and
eggs shells, can be composted. To keep animals and odors out of your
pile, do not add meat, bones, fatty food wastes (such as cheese, grease
and oils), dog and cat litter, and diseased plants. Do not add invasive
weeds and weeds that have gone to seed to the pile. Elements of a good
compost pile With these principles in mind, you can convert your organic
wastes into resources by turning your spoils to soil.