What Are The Environment Benefits Of Composting In A Garden?
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The Benefits of Composting in Your Garden

Compost itself offers many benefits for gardeners and the environment. There are even more advantages when you do your own composting in your garden. With a bit of know-how, you can give your garden and the environment a nice boost while saving a bit of money by composting.

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 The Benefits of composting

Benefits of Compost

Compost is good for the environment. It reduces waste, which also means less dependence on landfills. Compost also decreases greenhouse gas emissions, which is something else to feel good about. The amount of waste we produce in the U.S. daily is incredible! It is estimated that the average person in the U.S. generates 4.5 pounds of waste each day, which comes to 1,600 pounds annually. With compost, you can significantly reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills.

Compost is Good For Your Garden

Among gardeners, it has been common knowledge for centuries that compost offers benefits for gardening.

It promotes healthy plant growth, strengthens the soil, and reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Compost puts the nutrients in food waste back into the soil. On top of all that, compost helps to promote a prolific soil ecosystem because it attracts microorganisms and insects that are good for plants and the soil.

Benefits of Composting in Your Garden

When you are composting, it means that you are converting certain kitchen scraps as well as yard waste into nutrients for your garden. An excellent alternative to synthetic fertilizers, compost is the most natural approach to garden fertilization.

Kinds of Composting

A first step is to establish the type of compost pile you will have. The two basic types of composting are bin/pile composting and worm composting. It may take a bit of researching to determine which type works for you. Essentially, it is the place where you will put your compost components that will be used in your garden. Where you place your compost materials is also a consideration so that you have a reasonable way to add your raw materials to the pile or bins.

There should generally be two sections of a compost pile. One section is for greens and one is for browns.


Add the following components to the “greens” section of your compost pile:

  • Fresh grass clippings and other green yard waste
  • Coffee grounds
  • Vegetable and food scraps
  • Egg shells (with no yoke because yoke attracts vermin)
  • Tea bags

 The Benefits of composting


The following are the types of things to add to the “browns” section of your compost pile:

  • Sawdust
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Dried leaves, mulch, hay, or grass
  • Lint
  • Fur/hair
  • Cotton and wool rags
  • Clean paper
  • Ashes from the fireplace
  • Cardboard rolls

Items to Avoid

Avoid adding the following to your compost pile. Do not add:

  • Meat because it attracts rodents and flies.
  • Pesticides because it can kill organisms in the compost.
  • Grease or oils because they produce an odor and attract vermin.
  • Pet waste because it attracts flies and can carry disease.

Recipe for Compost

There should be a blend of some moisture along with the following activities in order to have the perfect recipe for compost:

  • Incorporate oxygen into the compost pile of browns and greens by periodically mixing it.
  • Check the internal temperature of the compost materials regularly and turn the mixture over when it reaches 140°F. Turning is not necessary for the composting process, but it does speed up the process of breaking down the materials.
  • Build the compost in layers that are 3 to 4 inches deep.

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