What is Compost?
The reality is, that for many of us that have grown up gardening or on a small farm, composting has always been part of our lives. For others, it may be a newer idea.
Composting is simply the breakdown of decomposed organic material.
The sad reality is about a third of the space in landfills is taken up with organic waste from our yards and kitchens, just the type of material that can be used in compost. With a small investment in time, you can contribute to a solution of waste that plagues us, while at the same time enriching the soil and improving the health of the plants and garden.
Composting is actually a very simple, natural process that happens daily in nature. We see the cycles around us in the woods each and every year. At the end of the seasons, plants die and leaves fall to the ground. Then there is also the many live plants that are consumed by animals, insects, birds and even the worms. Through the digestive process, they then add their waste back into the cycle. There is also the naturally occurring breakdown of the undigested waste with the aid of microorganisms that is added to the mix. The result of this natural cycle is compost that helps to create a very rich, healthy soil.
Composting at home is basically the same process but is intentional and managed. It can be done in many ways, which I will discuss in the coming weeks. Anyone can create compost even in limited space.
The fact is, if you have organic waste (which I create plenty of daily) you can’t stop the decomposing process. The key to composting is to control it. While composting is a wonderful way to help your garden, having even small heaps of organic material lying around can cause the attraction of bugs and become very smelly. Again with managing it properly, this shouldn’t be an issue and in the end you will be able to create a nutrient rich compost that your soil and plants will greatly benefit from!