Thursday, June 26, 2014
A compost heap is nature's recycling bin. It allows organic material to break down naturally, with the help of fungus, worms and other insects, and what's left behind is nutrient-rich soil that's great for your garden and the earth as a whole.
1. Reduce landfill waste and emissions
By maintaining a compost heap, you reduce the load on landfills, where there is so much waste that it lies stagnant and buried, so oxygen cannot reach it to help facilitate the decomposing process. Furthermore, you help reduce emissions created from incineration, which is a common practice in landfills.
2. Enrich the soil
By allowing your organic waste to decompose naturally, you allow nature to take its course – your organic material is eaten by insects, fungi and worms, leaving the soil rich in nutrients and great for maintaining the plants in your yard or garden. You're recycling your waste naturally, and reaping the benefits as well. And by creating this natural fertilizer, you're reducing the amount of harmful chemicals that store-bought fertiliszers may introduce into the environment.
3. Reduce erosion
Composting improves the soil's ability to hold root systems that prevent runoff and increase water absorption. This is important, as erosion can lead to polluted water due to runoff from industrial fertilizers and pesticides in the soil.
4. It's all-natural
By embracing the natural decay of things, you continue the natural cycle of nutrients. Your food waste enriches the soil, which in turn greatly aids in growing plants. This may include vegetables and fruit. It also helps to promote biodiversity in the soil - worms, fungi and insects all benefit the soil, which is just as beneficial to the creatures that live in it.