What is Garden Compost
Compost is a gardener's best friend. It is beneficial to all plants. Compost
contains a wealth of fertilizer (N-P-K) and micro-nutrients, vital to plant
growth and health. It improves garden soil texture and the soil's ability
to retain water. It is used as mulch on top of the soil, too. Perhaps, best
of all, compost is organic, vegetables grown in it, are safer to eat.
Everyone should compost. It's environmentally friendly, part of the "Go Green"
movement. By composting every vegetable scrap, less waste goes into the landfill.
Even people who do not garden, and apartment dwellers, can participate in
composting. After composting, you can add the finished product to
houseplant soil. Or, you can collect the material and give it to someone
who can use it.
The Composter's Motto:
Let it rot!
Garden compost is defined as any kind of decayed, organic plant waste.
Nutrient rich in composition, compost acts as a natural, healthy, organic
fertilizer for your plants. Compost is also used as an organic mulch, for
use around any plant.
"Composting" is the process where organic plant matter decomposes..... it
rots and decays. The material breaks down through the natural process of
decomposition. What remains is a remarkable , rich soil amendment, that enhances
your garden soil, and helps to improve plant health and productivity. Composting
occurs over a period of time, aided by a combination of bacteria, air, heat,
Worms can also play a role in the process of decomposition. When worms are
used, the process is called
The worms ingest vegetable matter, and excrete an organically rich worm compost.
Vermicomposting is also an organic process.
Composting refers to the process of rotting or decomposing plant matter.
It can also refer to animal manure, which is also composted. Animal manure
almost always includes a mixture of straw, sawdust or other bedding material,
along with nutrient rich animal manure.
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Why Should you Compost?
Compost helps plants to be all that they can be. Flowers produce more, bigger,
and more colorful blooms. Fruit and vegetable plants are healthier, and more
Compost can help you to reduce or eliminate the chemical fertilizers you
currently use in your garden.
Using less chemical fertilizers, saves you money.
Compost, by definition is organic. That makes the vegetables grown in your
garden healthier for you and your family to eat.
By sending less materials to the waste stream, you are doing your part, big
or small, in contributing to the health of the environment.
What to Compost
Compost is made from organic matter. It can include weeds, grass clippings,
hay, seaweed, garden waste, kitchen scraps, tree leaves, sawdust, or branches,
to name a few.
The more varied the plant matter, the wider the variety of micronutrients
in the finished product.
Keep it Green..... A little care should be used to include only materials
that are organic, and have not been tainted with chemicals, or non-natural
More on what to Compost.