Did you know that 23% of the waste in municipal systems stem from gardens and the food we eat?
I didn’t know either!
But think about it; that’s almost a quarter!
But that’s what I just read in an interesting article on Freep.com. According to the author of this article, Christy Strawser, this shocking number is a very good reason to consider composting.
But there are even more good reasons to begin composting. First of all, it’s an excellent way to help the soil in your garden to become much more fertile. Secondly, composting is a great way to lighten the pressure on our garbage dumps.
But what exactly is composting?
When you compost you simply take some of the soil in your garden and mix it with some of your kitchen waste or garden waste. Then, when you give this mixture the right conditions, it’ll turn out to become fertile soil that you can use to help the plants in your garden grow better. I know, I know … this is a very simple explanation. But anyhow, that’s basically what happens.
But of course you have to assure that the mixture of soil and waste decompose in the optimal environment. Just mixing soil and waste won’t do the job. But if you create an environment that contains lot of the right kind of bacteria and other micro-organisms, then you’re well on your way to transform your old waste and soil into goodies for your garden plants.
In her article Christy Strawser goes into more details about how to compost. If you like, you can read it here. Christy tells how to start composting, how to give the composting process the best possible conditions etc.
For ages compost with peat has been used by gardeners who wanted to get the best results in their gardens. But according to an article by Sean Poulter research has now shown that it’s better to use compost without peat.
Research claims that peat-free compost is most effective
According to the article experts compared a lot of plants that were composted with different kinds of compost – some of them with peat, and others without any peat.
Apparently the researchers found that the plants that were composted with peat-free compost did better than the plants composted with peat.
After the experiment one of the researchers said, ‘The results of our trials show that it is possible to find compost that is not only great for your plants, but good news for the environment too.’
Some gardeners are sceptical to the results of the experiments and have raised several objections to the conclusions of the research team. These gardeners still prefer to use compost with peat.