While most people have heard about composting, not all have tried it or are aware of its incredible benefits. The solution to most of the ecological problems that we’re facing today is right under our noses, or should we say feet? Compost not only acts as a probiotic, a source of food, and a sponge for the soil underneath it. It also supports the soil and provides a complex ecosystem that makes soil healthier and more nutritionally dense. Let’s dive in and learn a bit more about the incredible benefits of composting and how you can make them work for you.
Compost Is Great For Your Soil
Most problems that arise in gardening and farming can be solved by using a food composter. Compost can help protect your plants from disease, can help ameliorate soil nutrient deficiencies, and can help balance your soil’s PH.
Using compost helps improve your soil’s structure by boosting its ability to retain and filter moisture. Using compost helps plants access and retain nutrients because compost is so nutrient dense. Using compost can help your plants to grow healthy and strong and can help them to contain more nutrients – which benefits anyone who consumes them.
It Helps Grow Healthier Food
Compost helps grow healthier food by creating healthier soil. The structure of compost reduces soil erosion and produces microbes that help your plants grow more quickly and with increased resilience and nutritional content. Compost holds a huge percentage of water relative to its weight. Increased water retention helps reduce the number of nutrients swept away when it rains. The nutrients in compost are much more beneficial to the soil and resulting plants than artificial fertilizer, which destroys important microorganisms in the soil.
It Introduces Valuable Microorganisms In The Soil
Compost introduces vital microorganisms like fungi, bacteria, and protozoa, which decompose organic material to provide more nutrients to your plants. The microorganisms also help aerate the soil, which speeds up decomposition and helps convert nitrogen to a form most beneficial to plant growth.
It Helps Lower Production Cost
Using compost helps cut farming costs and makes the entire farming process easier and greener. Instead of spending more money on pesticides, fertilizer, and irrigation, investing in compost can lower your costs and increase the quality of your soil and crops.
Research has shown that farmers who use compost produce higher yields compared to those who use fertilizer. Therefore, using compost could help you produce more crops, which could increase your profit.
With projections estimating that there’ll be a shortage of US landfills in 20 years, something needs to be done right now. Interestingly, most of the waste in landfills is compostable.
By composting organic waste locally or joining a program to compost your organic material, you can help reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill and can help create nutrient rich soil that benefits the food chain. Composting can help the earth, produce healthier food, and enhance the soil. It’s truly a win-win situation.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of composting and how to do it for your own home or business, contact us. At Bay Area Trash Compacting, we have the information and equipment you need to get started making a difference in the environment and in your health. Contact us today by phone or online. We look forward to hearing from you.