Composting is a great practice for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint or have healthier and more vibrant gardens.
Home composting is the act of taking your fruit and vegetable scraps and speeding up the decomposition process. The end result of the decomposition is fertile, nutrient-rich humus that you can mix into your garden soil for a blend of nutrients that will keep your garden thriving all year long.
Improved soil quality is great but it’s not the only benefit of composting at home. Food wastes make up nearly fourteen percent of all municipal solid wastes in the country. That makes them the second largest group of solid wastes we produce. Composting is the best way to reduce the amount of food waste that goes into landfills each year. By keeping your food scraps out of the trash and in your compost bin you’ll not only be producing less waste but also be creating a healthier local environment.
Homemade natural compost removes the need to use chemical fertilizers on your garden as well. While many fertilizers can be used responsibly, this isn’t always the case. Fertilizers supplement soil with nitrogen and phosphorous, two essential nutrients for plant growth. When it rains on the fertilized soil these nutrients will often get washed out or seep into the groundwater. The fertilizer then makes its way into local rivers and streams and creates a spike in nitrates and phosphates, making the water toxic not only to the local ecology but also to human consumption.
To learn how to get start composting with one of the fastest and most bountiful composting methods, vermicomposting, click HERE. Vermicomposting isn’t the easiest kind of composting to get started but once the system is going it is very easy to maintain. Though this can be said about nearly all composting methods.
To read the EPA’s guide on composting at home click HERE.