vegetables and garden waste in a compost pile

What Are The Benefits of Composting At Home?

With daily headlines and all the talk about environmental conservation and proper garbage disposal, home composting is at the forefront, along with fuel efficiency and water conservation. For most people, home composting is one of the most environmentally beneficial activities to get involved in.

Home Composting Facts

In the US alone, garden and food wastes make up 28% of the waste stream. What this means is that a large portion of your garbage can be recycled and reused as fertilizer.

Instead of dumping your families’ biodegradable waste into the garbage bin and sending it off to the landfill, you can compost it and divert it on to your own garden in the form of valuable humus, which is a wonderful food for your plants and flowers.

However, collecting kitchen scraps shouldn’t detract from your kitchen décor. There are many attractive composting crocks made for the kitchen control, so there is no need to hide it under the sink.

How Composting Benefits the Soil

Big handful of rich dark brown compost

It’s common knowledge that home composting provides essential additives to the soil, it not only serves as a fertilizer but also buffers the pH levels and helps retain precious water in the garden where it’s needed.

Also by keeping the surface cool, it aids in the prevention of soil erosion. This is beneficial to your pocket too, as by adding this humus you will have no need to buy topsoil again. By home composting all your families’ biodegradable waste you will have endless supplies of the most valuable fertilizer you can feed to your plants, all for free.

How Composting Benefits Our Children

Aside from these advantages, experts are unanimous that home composting is a good lesson for young and old alike to learn the importance of conservation, and serves as a valuable tool to describe the cycle of life and the connection between man, plants and animals.

Often, gardening will prompt children to ask questions about how you achieve results when you are attending your veggies or flowers, you can impress on them that home composting offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers, enriches the soil, and how this benefits your garden plants, at the same time helping the environment by reducing the waste stream.

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