Compost is a product which is naturally made in order to feed the soil and does this by being a product high and rich in nutrients meaning it helps to make your garden healthy as well as promoting soil microbes which help the crops and plants which you are trying to harvest, to grow. So, as well as the original word for it being compost, many gardeners also refer to it as “Black gold”, this is due to the outstanding properties which it holds in the wellbeing of your crops and how healthy it makes them- a gardener’s dream! On more technical terms on the other hand, compost is a chemical process in which all waste (if correctly put in) is broken down and turned into a nutrient filled product. This allows many people to cut down on landfill production as well as being a naturel cycle throughout the year – the compost made this year will keep breaking down and then will be ready to use and perfect to put within next year’s soil with the crops you are trying to grow next year! And this can be done all the time, as it is always easy to recycle.
So many people tend to ask about how compost is an eco-friendly product and how it is a way for many people to achieve a sustainable lifestyle. Well, as most people know, compost is a way for people to cut down on waste which gets sent to landfills which means that you are stopping and giving less contribution towards the build-up of contamination of soil and water surrounding the areas of landfill sites as well as the formation of greenhouse gases – which are very bad for our environment. In addition to this, with it being naturally produced, it means that we are recycling more efficiently as we are doing it by ourselves rather than sending it off with the bin men! This helps us to achieve sustainable living as it is assisting us to work towards the growth of better and stronger crops without having to buy shop bought fertiliser and so on, meaning we can harvest our own crops in larger amounts.
It is a vital key to life, to know about the importance of being eco-friendly and how we can aid our planet into becoming healthier and start repairing the damage which we have already caused to our ecosystems and environment such as global warming and the tears which we have in the ozone layer. By cutting down on our waste, it means we can start preserving this life saving ozone layer and create less pollution and extinction of animals meaning we will have a healthier and happier planet. The ozone layer in particular is a key feature which our planet naturally has to protect us from harmful UV rays from the sun which can cause tragedies such as melting ice caps and global warming as well as help to stop more awful diseases such as skin cancer.
So, with all of these factors which we know are helping us towards the upkeep of our planet due to composting, here is how YOU can get involved and help, with just a few quick, easy and simple steps!
How to start… Well, compost can be started in many different ways, but this is one of the important factors to keep in mind, as if you do not start it correctly, it may not work as efficiently as it should. So, a compost heap should be started with the purchase of an item of your choice to keep it in. These include items such as simple, compost bins, tumblers or a worm bin. Each will efficiently create compost, however, by personal choice, some may prefer one strategy to another. On the other hand, if you are not wanting to purchase in any of these, it is also possible to start a compost heap by digging a small hole in your garden (however, this may not be as efficient for some and may not fit as much in as a compost bin would. After you have done this, you can start adding to your compost! This is very simple as all you have to do, is add your waste to it (but be making sure, it is the correct type of waste!). Things that can be added to your compost include things such as mowed grass, vegetable peelings, fruit waste, cardboard egg boxes and pizza boxes, teabags, scrunched up paper (including newspaper) and even things such as vacuum dust and many other items which can be read about. Over time, all of these items will decompose and the worms will turn the waste material which you have added in, to a liquid feed and compost! However, always remember not to add in items which are not good for your compost such as cooked products like meat and vegetables as well as diseased plants and faeces. And it’s as simple as easy as that, to change your living habits into becoming more self-sustainable whilst helping your garden flourish and on the bigger picture, help your environment become healthier!
All in all, compost is brilliant for making your plants and crops feed themselves more efficiently as well as helping your soil retain more moisture. This is also a great way to cut down on waste and help the environment whilst still giving you a healthier and more nutrient filled garden! So why not give it a try? It’s so easy and simple, that anyone can do it and help our environment at the same time! It’s a win, win situation as it brings a positive to you and a positive to our atmosphere. If you liked this article, feel free to contact us and link with us through our social media sites such as Twitter and Google+ !