The importance of composting (the process of transforming organic matter that’s ready for disposal into something beneficial) has become more recognized over the years because it’s environmentally friendly, providing a safe way to produce healthy, flourishing gardens, brimming with gorgeous flowers and healthy, flavourful fruits and vegetables. Due in part to the many environmental issues facing the world today, added importance is being put on rich soils for food security and nutrition.
Why Composting is Important
Compost is important because it magnifies overall soil health and boosts its resilience to environmental shocks that include severed climate conditions like drought. Composting creates a rich source of organic matter, a substance that is vital for air, nutrient and moisture retention. Compost plays a crucial role in preserving soil fertility. Along with being a resource of plant nutrients that include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; composting improves the biological and physio-chemical properties of the soil.
The advantages of composting mentioned here reveal themselves in reduced reliance on inorganic fertilizers, pesticides and supplemental water. By fortifying and replenishing soil, compost helps the soil resist water, wind and soil erosion by making it possible for water to enter the soil more efficiently, keeping the showers from turning into a flood.
How to Compost
Farmers play a central role in soil preservation, a practice that is economically feasible for them; however everyone can contribute by composting. You can make a difference on your own by composting your organics materials and adding your compost to your house plants, vegetable or flower garden, or by getting your neighborhood involved in community compost gardens. You can compost organic materials that include eggshells, vegetable matter, tea bags, coffee grinds, basically anything that isn’t animal based. You then place your organic materials in a specified pile or a suitable container. Eventually, the organic materials will turn into a rich form of soil that’s brimming with nutrients that will help you grow beautiful, healthy plants in any location.
When to Compost
The amount of compost you should use, how often and when depends on the standard soil’s characteristics and if you garden year round. For the most part, anticipate integrating compost into your garden beds prior to each planting season.
Best Places to Compost
All piles of organic matter will rot eventually, however a well-chosen location for your compost will speed up the process. Locate a well-drained, level area that’s in a convenient location so you’ll use it. If you live in a cooler climate, keep the compost pile in a sunny location to take advantage of the solar heat. In addition, look for refuge for the pile in cases of freezing cold winds that could slow the decaying process. In dry, warm climates, consider sheltering the pile in a shady spot to keep it from drying out too quickly. Also, be sure to build the compost pile over the lawn or soil as opposed to asphalt or concrete to allow for drainage and to take advantage of beneficial microbes, earthworms and more that will naturally migrate with seasonal changes.
A healthy garden depends on healthy soil and adding compost to garden beds is the easiest and safest thing you can do to produce bountiful bouquets of flowers and vibrant vegetables.