It’s decomposed organic matter, such as leaves and vegetable scraps, that have decomposed into a rich soil like material.
Compost is used as a fertilizer and moisture control additive for existing soil.
It is MORE beneficial than fertilizer…WHY? Fertilizer feeds the plants…compost feeds the soil, which in turn feeds the plants.
It is super food for your soil, plants and yard on multiple levels.
Compost is packed full of nutrients, microscopic bacteria and fungi which partners with plant roots. Your plants literally feed themselves!
The types and textures of materials found in compost are moisture sponges. Compost can hold its own when it comes to retention of water. It is also strong…and does not easily wash aside. Use it in areas of soil erosion…compost will stay put.
Mix compost with existing soil or potting soil when planting. Use it in your flower pots or tilled into your garden.
Not a gardener? Use it as fertilizer around the base of your trees…just place it on top of the soil around your trees…no need to dig it in.
Put it into a yard spreader and spread across the top of your lawn. No need to dig it in…it will melt down into the soil.
Mix with soil when planting & seeding new grass. It’s great to use in sloping landscape areas, helps the water and soil stay put.
Thinking backyard? Build or purchase a composter / compost area that compliments your yard and home. Build or place it in a sunny spot that is convenient to walk to and close to a water source. There are many designs to choose from that will compliment your outdoor space.
No place outside? There are many under the sink or in the garage composters. Some even dehydrate your scraps…a quick search for indoor composters will provide you with many styles and designs to choose from.
Here is a bit of a mishmash recipe to follow, no exact science…you can give or take a little. Click on the link for a printable recipe!
MOST IMPORTANT TO AVOID: meat, bones, fish, dairy, cooking oils, pet droppings or kitty litter. This will upset the balance of the organic material, will cause smell & invite critters into your compost.
Good question…what IS the difference in how I choose to dispose of my food and yard waste?
Composting decomposes materials the way nature intended; releasing oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapors into the air…in harmony with nature. It creates a useful product, continuing the life cycle of organic material.
Garbage disposal places the food into the waste water stream, where it must be chemically processed, separated and managed. Landfilled food does not decompose much. What does decompose releases methane gas…thick gas that is lining our atmosphere, trapping in the heat. 34% of materials in our landfill is rotting food placed in a plastic bag.
Composting eliminates the carbon footprint of transportation and management of organics while reducing greenhouse gas production. It’s a winning choice for the planet!
Home composting saves you time & money while protecting the planet. It really is quite easy…the hardest part?…finding the perfect spot or composter that fits your lifestyle and neighborhood.
If you follow the recipe, avoid meat & dairy, there is LITTLE OR NO ODOR from your compost area, other than an earthly forest floor type smell.
It’s the perfect time of year to get started on your compost project and we would be glad to help! Call us at 712-792-5001 to get more dirt on composting!