We’ve talked before about the importance of using compost for your garden. Instead of using store bought, chemical-laden products, you can create your own compost — one man’s trash is another plant’s treasure! But before we dive into creating your own compost, let’s take a peek into why it’s so important for your garden and why you need to be using it.
Compost: What is it?
Your soil is so much more than just plain dirt. Think of it as a workplace. The soil is the boss, and all of these different workers come to do their individual part — where, in the end, it will create a dynamic environment for growth. The dictionary defines compost as ‘decayed organic material.’ In the simplest sense, this is true, but the benefits of compost range far beyond that. Over time, your compost pile — which is a smorgasbord of things you’d normally throw away, like table scraps, egg shells, vegetable skins, etc. — will begin to form together to create a powerhouse of nutrients that will be beneficial to your garden.
What does it do?
After you’ve put all of these throwaways together, the entire mass will break down to what many garden experts refer to as Black Gold. The plants in your soil require nutrients to grow, and adding compost will vastly improve the overall healthiness of your garden. Along with things like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium — three key components to any garden — compost will add others like copper and zinc. The living microorganisms found in your throwaways, like bacteria and fungi, are things that we tend to shy away from putting in our own bodies. But just like yogurt adds healthy bacteria to your body, compost works the same for your soil. When we have a solid combination of all of these microorganisms in our soil, plant life will thrive.
Why You Should Be Using It:
Think about your body. When we eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, those organisms provide us with a ton of things beneficial to our overall body structure. If you pack your body full of junk food, then it’s not going to respond very well! The same goes for our soil. When we take the easy route and use products with tons of chemicals, it won’t respond well. (You may be thinking to yourself — I use MiracleGro and my garden looks great! Give it a couple weeks, and you’ll be heading back to the store to keep buying it.) Taking a little bit of time to create a compost pile will work wonders for your garden in the long run. Natural compost will help deter pests from overtaking your garden. And with a greater variety of throwaways in your compost, the more enhanced the overall nutrient number will be.
Sure, building a compost pile takes time and a little bit of effort. But after a couple of weeks, you’ll have Black Gold — and that will transform your garden into a vibrant, healthy piece of pride.