Green Gold: Unveiling the Environmental Riches Through Composting

Benefits of Composting

Soil, Land, and the environment showing the benefits of composting

There are many benefits and great ways to use compost in your home and garden. Compost is your friend. Compost works on lawns, vegetable gardens, or flowerbeds. Compost is a mix of organic matter like leaves, grass, sticks, and food scraps. Composting is a great way to turn household and yard waste into a valuable tool for the home.

  1. Balance soil density

Soil density is essential to the health of your garden. A lack of soil density leads to problems with root growth and garden health. Too much sand and water will seep through the soil and dry quickly, making it difficult for plants to absorb water and nutrients. Compost has the unique ability to balance soil density in clay and sandy soils. Compost improves the drainage of clay and increases airflow.

  1. Enrich the land

Compost enriches the soil in two ways.

First, this is the most obvious explanation.

Compost usually contains nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The amount of nutrients varies depending on how the compost. However, it’s important to point out that the amount of nutrients in compost is actually low as a percentage of what you buy labelled as fertilizer. However, organic fertilizers are often applied at a higher rate and can make a difference.

Second, in addition to being a source of nutrients, compost actually contributes to the soil’s ability to hold nutrients.

  1. Balance pH

Compost has a fairly neutral pH, between 6 and 8.

Most plants benefit from having a neutral pH around 7.

A neutral pH means adding pH-neutral compost to acidic soil will help raise the soil’s pH.

A neutral pH compost will help lower the pH in alkaline soils.

  1. You don’t need mulch

When planting, amending soil with 25-30% compost is enough to improve your soil.

Also, if you already have plants, add a layer of compost to the top of the soil (called top mulch), about 1/2 inch thick.

Earthworms and other soil-dwelling organisms will help move surface organic matter into the soil.

  1. You can do it yourself

You can make your own compost at home for free!

Grass clippings, leaves,  food debris, and other materials that we consider trash around the house and garden are all perfect for a compost pile.

Uses of compost

  1. In the lawn

Spreading a thin layer of compost on the lawn, also known as a lawn top dressing, offers many benefits. You can improve drainage for clay soil and increase water retention if you have sandy soil. Compost also increases microbial activity and enriches the soil.

If you’re trying to repair your lawn or do a complete reclamation, a thin layer of compost is the perfect option to create good seed-to-soil contact.

  1. In flower beds, vegetable gardens

Organic fertilizers work wonderfully to improve the soil in new vegetable gardens and flower beds. Adding compost is beneficial even if your soil is poor, sandy, or clayey. For new beds without plants, consider burying the compost deep into the ground with a shovel or tiller.

Instead, or alternatively, you can backfill the tree with a mixture of compost and soil from a tree dug into the ground. For planted beds,  cover the base of each plant with a layer of compost about 1/2″ thick.

Remember that even top dressing is beneficial because earthworms and other organisms help to mix the compost into the soil.

  1. Composted tea

With compost, you can make compost tea, which is almost a liquid version of compost, with many of the same benefits. Watering houseplants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants with compost Tea will provide plants with organic water and nutrients.

Actually, making compost tea is very easy. The best part of compost tea is that you can use it for your plants as much as you want without burning the plant. 

  1. Homemade gourd mix

You can use compost in homemade potting mixes that don’t require soil. Soil-free mix consists of materials, but the most common are shavings, peat moss, vermiculite, and compost. Just be careful not to over-mix if you’re using it for potted plants, as the compost can hold too much water and cause the roots to stay wet for too long.

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