Composting and gardening is a great cycle to start, it can be done almost anywhere and with a little effort it can make a big impact on the environment and improve your well-being.
Let’s start with composting; there are lots of good reasons to compost it can save money, save resources, improve your soil and reduce your impact on the environment. Regardless of your reasons, composting is a win/win scenario. Although composting may seem like a difficult process, when done correctly it’s not as hard as you may think, it only takes a little internet searching to find the best way to process compost for you based on your location and the amount of space you have to use. Composing can be done in containers or on the ground so do a few internet searches to find what works best for you. The benefits below are worth the time and efforts.
Reduce Your Impact!
•Reduce Green House Gases (GHG’s) in two ways:
Reduce Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles used to transport waste
Organics in landfills break down anaerobically (without oxygen) to produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful than CO2.
•Reduce the impact of chemical fertilizers that runoff into our rivers, lakes and streams.
•Buried organics can react with metals in the landfill to produce toxic leachate, a potential source of groundwater pollution.
Improve Your Soil!
•Compost returns valuable nutrients to the soil to help maintain soil quality and fertility.
•Compost is a mild, slow release, natural fertilizer that won’t burn plants like chemical fertilizers.
•It also improves texture and air circulation for heavier soils (like Manitoba gumbo) and helps to increase the water retention of sandy soils.
•Provides organic matter and nutrients which will improve plant growth and lead to better yields.Give Composting a Try!
•Keeps a valuable resource out of the landfill.
•Waste less water since compost helps with moisture retention.
•Reduce civic costs for waste collection and thereby reduce fuel use.
•Extend the life of landfills. Remember residential waste is 40% compostable materials.
•No need to buy chemical fertilizers. Compost is free!
•Compost helps to retain soil moisture so you water less.
•The nutrients from compost are not washed away by rainfall. No waste!
Let’s all do our part and recycle, compost, and use biodegradable products whenever possible because you can make a difference.