Break it Down: The Many Benefits of Composting

For many gardeners, composting is an easy way to enrich their grow and ensure that they get the most out of their organic waste. Composting offers a ton of benefits to those who want to live a green lifestyle and is a relatively easy way to recycle food and yard waste, reduce environmental impact, and improve soil health and nutrition in the garden! 

Want to know more about this fascinating process? Let’s break it down!

What is Composting?

So what is composting anyway? Well, composting is a great way to use some of your kitchen and yard waste to feed your plants a healthy dose of much-needed nutrients. Essentially, composters take kitchen scraps and yard clippings and pile them up until they decompose into usable compost! Compost is excellent for adding to gardens and houseplants to keep them thriving and happy because it helps with water retention and adds valuable nutrients to the soil. 

Composting utilizes high nitrogen “greens,” carbon-rich “browns,” oxygen, moisture, and time to turn waste and scraps into valuable nutrient-rich additions to your grow. While the components that go into compost remain largely the same, there are many ways to compost! It can be done indoors or outdoors, hot or cold, in bins or piles, and with or without the help of worms. Choosing the right style of composting for your needs is a whole different topic, but it’s good to know that wherever you live and in whatever kind of space you have, you can enjoy the benefits of composting. 

The Many Benefits of Composting

Composting has too many benefits to hit them all, but here are some of the very best! 

Improves Soil and Plant Health

Composting improves your garden in many ways, not the least of which are the numerous benefits it offers to your soil. Growing media that has compost worked into it is not only rich in nutrients, it also introduces vital beneficial microbes to aid in the breakdown of those nutrients, helps retain water, and can even help suppress soil-borne plant disease! With so many incredible benefits, why wouldn’t you try it out for yourself?

Recycles Nutrients

Your plants need a constant supply of nutrients to keep growing and thriving, but fertilizer for your garden can be expensive! One way you can reduce the amount of money spent on fertilizer is by composting. Using yard clippings and kitchen scraps, you can create fertile, rich compost that adds vital nutrients to your grow, at no cost to you but a little time and effort! Recycling nutrients that would otherwise go to waste is a free way to keep your garden green and is super satisfying, to boot.

Reduces Environmental Impact

Composting is a way that any average Joe can have a huge positive impact on the environment. The process allows you to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to your local landfill, turning your kitchen scraps and yard clippings into valuable recycled nutrients instead of trash. 

An added bonus? Organic waste is one of the biggest contributors to methane emissions in landfills, so any clippings you keep from hitting the landfill directly reduces the amount of methane that gets into the atmosphere. Methane is one of the biggest contributors to global warming! You just threw one ice cube back into the arctic. Good job!

Is Composting for You?

We think composting is for everyone! Whether you live in a city apartment or on a 10-acre ranch, you too can reap the benefits of composting. Houseplants and sprawling gardens alike will love the nutrient-rich addition to their soil, and you’ll love that you can recycle food waste and reduce your impact on the environment. 

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