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Living Green For The Environment | Composting for the Environment

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Composting is not only a great way to fertilize your garden, save money by making your own natural fertilizer, but most importantly you are keeping all this stuff out of the landfills, which is becoming a problem in cities all over. It is in our best interest to learn how to composts, it’s part of the Three R’s of recycling.

If you are an avid gardener you understand the value of composting. But most of us regular folks who just dabble in gardening once a week, haven’t taken the time to fully understand what composting can add to the environment and keep away from the landfills.

Here are some of the benefits of composting:

  • Using composting helps improve the structure, texture and aeration of soil, and helps in improving water retention in the soil.
    • Clay Soil : If you have Clay soil you know very well how hard it is to handle. It’s is extremely hard soil composting can help break up clay soil.
    • Sandy Soil: With sandy soil you know that the water just slips through, composting can help retain some of that water.
  • Composting provides food for the microorganisms which help keep soil healthy and balanced.
  • Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are produced by composting which eliminates the need to be adding other amendments to the soil, especially keeping out chemicals.
  • Almost any organic material is food for the compost pile.
  • Easy, just takes a little time investment.

For more information on how to start your own composting bin check out these resources:

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Environment, Go Green, Living Green, Recycle, The 3 R's

Comments

  1. urbanmike Said,

    Here in Canada, (where it’s still snowing in the middle of March), we put our compost to bed in about mid December due to freezing conditions. We’re about to start it up again, (as far as feeding it), but are looking for alternatives over the winter months. While living in Australia, we used a worm farm with some success, but now we are looking for a cold weather solution.

  2. willyoumind Said,

    Yeah, I’m usually will use the expired milks, along with Yogurt and expired breads to make me very own fertilizers…This not only can saving money, but also a very natural as well.

  3. Bonnie Story Said,

    Composting is IT!!! Before we moved, the backyard consisted of gravel railroad bed and a little dusty dirt. Nothing growing. I started composting my daily coffee grounds, tea bags, salad trimmings and shredded office waste paper in a tumbling compost maker. Started dumping that out on the ground out there… well a few years later I had a fantastic little plot that was hosting many perennial shrubs and whatever annuals I took a shine to. The plants were amazingly vigorous. Now we have 5 acres and I set up that compost maker on day one! Still drinking lots of coffee! Bonnie

  4. bibi Said,

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Urban Mike
    here is an article that might be of interest to you regarding Winter Composting
    Sonomadoggybloggy
    thanks for comfirming that it does work, I have very sandy soil and needs a lot of help, I will start composting this spring…

  5. urbanmike Said,

    Thanks for the link, looks interesting. If we went with something like this, we’d probably build it in a greenhouse, (yet to be built, to add additional warmth, and keep the snow off it. Water is an issue, as we turn off all outside water around the house due to the cold temps.

  6. Composting Said,

    I am looking forward to starting my composting system this spring. Just doing some quick research. Appreciate the tips! I`m starting small, of course, then we`ll see how I manage:)

  7. joe Said,

    yea awesome!

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