What exactly is composting? What do you get out of it? Does it save you money? Anyone with an interest in gardening and the environment in general is probably familiar with this practice. It is a great way to reduce the amount of household waste that goes to the landfill, and also put it to good use. Let’s get our hands dirty and talk composting.
What is Composting?
Composting is a natural process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose. However, you only want to include plants for these purposes. Meat and processed sugars can attract pests. Yard trimmings as well as fruit and vegetable scraps from your home can be composted. The resulting soil can be used to provide nutrients to flower beds, potted plants, and gardens.
Why Should I Compost?
One reason is to reduce the amount of trash that you send to the landfill. This is good for the environment. Another reason is to help your garden flourish. The composted soil is great for providing nutrients to your plants, helping them grow. One last reason is because it’s easy! There are a few different methods of composting. It can be as simple as a pile in your backyard, or you can purchase special containers to help you in the process.
Will Composting Save Me Money?
It depends. If you have a garden or landscaping for which you typically purchase soil and fertilizers, then composting can be an economical and environmentally friendly way to fortify your plants while minimizing your spending. Composting takes time, since you’re basically waiting for plant matter to decompose before you can recycle it, but the actual work on your part is minimal. Just let the process happen, then spread the compost as you would your store bought product. The financial investment is literally nothing unless you opt for a composting bin, which can range from$30 to $125.
By the way, Fall is a great time to start the process, since you’ll have plenty of leaves and other yard waste around to help you get started. If you feel that composting is worth your effort and time, then it can be a great way to boost your garden with little to no investment. Plus the added bonus of reducing waste and helping the environment.