what is compost?
Compost is the decomposition of organic matter in a process called composting. All compostable materials are carbon or nitrogen based. The key to maintaining a healthy and nutrient rich compost is to keep a working balance between the two.
Every year, U.S landfills are filled with over a million tons of waste. One-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials. Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can., In landfills, organic matter lacks the air it needs to decompose quickly. Instead, it creates harmful methane greenhouse gas as it breaks down, increasing the rate of global warming, climate change, and your carbon footprint.
Not only does composting reduce trash in landfills, but also improves gardening or your backyard at home. With compost, you reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and have the benefit of suppressing plant diseases and pests. Compost enriches the soil with nutrients that enhances the ability for your garden to grow healthy plants and produce while reducing the volume of trash.
How to composT?
There are various ways to approach composting. Research has been conducted on the following: Indoor, Bokashi, and Vermi composting. Below you can find more information on the stated forms of composting and how to get started yourself.
This is a budget friendly and great introduction to composting for beginners. Here is how you can get started from your kitchen counter!