What to Compost | Starting Compost | Composting Tips
What is compost?
Compost is a mixture of various decaying organic substances, such as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil. Compost should be thought of as one component of a healthy garden bed, and it should be used as a soil additive, not used as the growing medium itself.
Compost is a very important supplement you can give your garden soil, and is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus, which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil. It's also free, easy to make and good for the environment.
Benefits of Composting
It's a great soil conditioner: With compost, you are creating rich humus for your lawn and garden. This adds nutrients to your plants and helps retain moisture in the soil.
Recycles kitchen & yard waste and reduces landfill waste: Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can. Which in turn keeps it out of the landfill. One-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials.
You introduce beneficial organisms to the soil: Microscopic organisms that are in compost help to aerate the soil, break down organic material for plant use and ward off plant diseases.
It's good for the environment: Composting offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.