If you are planning to start an organic garden, it is important that you know the advantages of using organic compost. Compost is a basic component of organic gardening.
Organic gardening can be a challenging task if you do not know its basic principles. Unlike the more convenient conventional method, organic gardening does not make use of agricultural chemicals to help you make your plants grow. This means no synthetic fertilizers and no chemical pesticides or weed control. Instead, organic gardeners operate on the principle of enriching the soil that feed the plants. By using thoroughly decomposed organic compost, you are promoting microbiological activity in the soil that heightens the development of strong roots for your plants.
Compost is useful in many ways. It has applications in agriculture, horticulture and even in wetland construction. But for garden enthusiasts like us, it is beneficial to condition the soil and to fertilize our plants. It can also act as a natural pesticide for the soil. And because organic compost is rich in nutrients, we are certain that our plants will grow healthy the natural way.
Organic compost can be bought from any agriculture supply store. But you can also make your own if you are up to it. Making your own organic compost not only saves you money but also puts your kitchen and garden wastes to good use.
Composting is not as complicated as you may think. All biological things decay and decompose hence composting is a natural occurrence. The key is to know what materials are good for composting and what things we can do to hasten its process.
Below are some helpful tips.
- Choose a shady, out of the way area in your backyard as your compost site. This keeps your composting materials organized and your garden free from clutter.
- Build a compost bin. If you are not the handyman type, you can always opt to buy the commercial ones. The point is to contain your compost materials so that animals will not get into it. I personally would suggest a bin that allows aeration to maintain correct moisture content.
- Know what materials to add to your composter. Kitchen waste, like vegetable and fruit scraps, egg shells and stale bread are good. Never add meat and fish scraps, dairy products or oil to your composter as these attracts vermin.
- Wood chips, sawdust, grass trimmings and dried leaves are good for composting. However, be careful not to include disease-infested plants as well as weeds treated with herbicide.
- Shred your wood scraps or cut them into smaller pieces before adding them to your compost bin. This will hasten the composting process.
- Cover your bin to prevent rain from soaking it or the sun from drying it up. Your organic compost should not be too soggy or to dry.
- Mix your materials together on a regular basis to speed up decomposition. This is where a rotating tumbler composter comes in handy. Mixing can be as easy as turning a handle!
Before adding anything to your compost bin, make sure that the material is biodegradable, free from chemicals and free from diseases. You do not want to put anything into your soil that would compromise the safety of your produce.
Using organic compost is advantageous in a lot of ways. From a serious gardener’s point of view, the full range of vital plant nutrients found in compost is critical. Synthetic fertilizers do not contain as much. Furthermore, compost promotes good soil structure by binding soil particles thereby making the soil easier to work.
For a lot of us however, organic compost is simply great for the garden. We may not fully understand the intricate science behind the process but we do know that our plants thrive better, we have to water less and we do not use harmful chemicals. Also, we make good use of scraps and contribute to a greener planet.
Suffice it to say that organic composting is our way of contributing to a better life. The benefits do not stop with feeding our families healthy and safe food. Rather, it is an opportunity for us to help preserve the world we live in. And that should be everybody’s goal.