According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American households dispose 61.3 million tons of household wastes that can b composted. These wastes are usually composed of old newspapers, leaves, worn out clothes, fruits and vegetable scraps. You can turn them into more useful materials like compost.
Here are the benefits if you are using compost as fertilizers:
1. Make good use of garbage. Although composing requires more time and effort, it helps in saving the environment and makes best use of wastes materials. Also, composing is very easy and enjoyable.
2. Composts are ideal if you are into organic farming especially when growing vegetables. Studies show that pesticides can contribute to or cause health problems to humans and animals. Some chemicals contained in fertilizers can also harm the environment as well.
3. Improvement of soil quality. Composts help in making the quality of the topsoil better. In general, organic farming helps bring back the natural level of the soil’s acidity which has been depleted by chemical fertilizers and help in reducing the risks of topsoil loss through erosion.
4. Economic Efficiency. When you make convert into organic farming and you make your own compost, you will save a lot of money from buying chemical fertilizers. There are organic pest controls that come right from your kitchen.
5. Healthier yields. Experts say that yields from organic farming retain more nutrients that those used with chemical fertilizers. In addition to this, you will be consuming healthy food since you know that your plants have never been touched by potentially harmful chemicals.
Organic farming and composting are enjoyable especially when doing it on your leisure moments. They are excellent forms of exercise that will help your release your tensions and stress.
One of my favorite tips is to sneak down to your local coffee house and pick up some of their coffee grounds. They add a lot of nitrogen to your compost. You can also put them directly on your nitrogen loving plants like asparagus.
Egg shells are another terrific item for composting as they add calcium. If you grow tomatoes, you fear blight and end rot. Thankfully, calcium in the soil prevents that.
If you have milk that has soured and you have tomato plants growing, don’t compost it. Pour it directly around the tomato plant and then add water.