Composting is the recycling of plant and other organic matter. This process results in an earthy material that is great for enriching the soil.
Composting is crucial to our efforts to preserve the environment. By recycling these materials we are not only reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfills we are also creating a more fertile environment to produce our own organic fruits and vegetables. Composting can reduce yard waste picked up by the garbage truck by anywhere from 50 to 75%.
Let us try to compost simple items we would normally throw away:
Time, as with anything else, is another critical element to successful composting. It takes approximately six to eight months for organic materials to fully break down. Occasional turning of your compost pile can assist in the breakdown of organic material and facilitate aeration. However, another school of thought states that this process is a natural one and would occur without any human intervention so it can be left on its own. Occasional turn won't hurt, especially since you'll be adding new material regularly.
It is important to note that while all organisms could possibly be composted, some are not recommended for composting. The organisms on the DO NOT USE list are not recommended because they attract rodents, other pests and sometimes create offensive odours. In addition some may create an adverse result. These include:
Composting is a natural process that we merely facilitate. It requires just a little thought and effort in order to reap the benefits of an environment preserved for future generations. This is one of the little habits that we can get into that will have a positive effect. Take some time look at your back yard, pick a spot. Rally your family, neighbours and friends and get going. It’s too easy and important not to.