Compost is made up of decayed organic matter - food, grass clippings, leaves, etc. It is rich in beneficial biological organisms, nutrients, and bacteria that provide multiple benefits for garden ecosystems. Other benefits of creating and using compost include...
Compost cuts water use by 30%. Adding compost to your garden helps to save water by providing a natural barrier against evaporation. Soil that is rich in organic matter retains water much more readily than poor quality soil.
Compost is super food for gardens. It fosters a vibrant, living soil ecosystem. Also, since compost fixes carbon it helps fight global warming, and eliminates the need for fossil fuel fertilizers which are incredibly energy intensive to manufacture.
Making your own compost at home also recycles your household food and garden waste, saving it from unsustainable landfills.
If you want to make compost for home use, you can purchase compost bins in all manner of shapes and sizes from your local garden centre.
Alternatively, you can contribute to composting schemes through your local authority or waste collection provider. Simply order a brown bin, fill it with your kitchen scraps and leave it out for collection when it’s full.
This material is then taken to a specialist composting centre where it is mixed with an agent e.g. wood chips, to help it decompose faster to create a nutrient-rich material for use in agriculture, forestry and landscaping.
You can compost a huge variety of household waste – not just food.