Composting Tips and Tricks

Part of being a responsible gardener is taking care of the nutritional needs of your plants. It’s not always enough to plant them and water them. If the soil isn’t right or doesn’t have enough for the plant to absorb, then your plants won’t last very long. Creating your compost is a great way to solve this problem.

What Is Compost? 

Compost is decaying organic matter that turns into the dirt after being eaten by worms. This process may sound gross, but it’s natural and a necessary part of a healthy ecosystem. What the worms eat contains various nutrients, which are then returned to the Earth after the worm digests them. These nutrients help plants grow and thrive, and the cycle continues when those plants die.

Humans can help with compost by throwing away food scraps and other biodegradable materials. All it takes is continuously adding more scraps to the pile and turning it often, which helps the worms get to the new food. From there, you just spread the compost over the soil and watch your plants thrive.

 What You Can and Can’t Compost 

You can compost a lot of the things in your kitchen, especially if you’d otherwise just turn them into food waste. Vegetable and fruit scraps, egg shells, nut shells, and even stale or moldy bread products are all things that can be composted. It doesn’t just stop there — you can compost outdoor debris, such as leaves and grass. You can even compost paper products, including greasy pizza boxes, hair and animal fur, and latex balloons.

However, you can’t compost everything. For example, walnuts could be toxic to the plants you’re trying to grow, and meat products will only attract pests. Some things, like plastic products, don’t break down at all.

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