Did You Know These 7 Major Benefits of Composting?

Are you hesitant about making your own compost and using it in your garden? Have you always thought it would be a troublesome and time consuming task? Or are you afraid to have the hassle of a smelly and messy compost pile right in your backyard?

Composting is actually easy, takes little time, and if done correctly, creates no bad odors. Here are my top personal reasons for composting. I hope that you make the decision to begin your own compost pile before you finish reading.

• Composting is highly worthwhile because the materials used are absolutely free and are readily available. Compared to the ever rising costs of commercial fertilizers and other gardening products in the market today, composting is a bargain. All you need is a little extra effort to find the best materials for your compost pile, and a few hours a month to get it going.
• Compost provides more complete essential nutrients and minerals needed by plants than commercial organic or synthetic fertilizers. The overall residual effect of compost in the soil is also longer than commercially available fertilizers. It is free and it works better. Who wouldn’t want that?
• Another good reason would be the benefits of compost to the soil structure. When applied to the soil, compost can help the soil be more resistant to erosion, improve its retention of water, and in some types of soil (like clay) it can reduce the possibility of compaction. compost can make the soil easier to till, conserving time and energy, whether by hand or machine.
• With the right composting technique, the process can kill those troublesome weeds as well as pests and disease-causing organisms present in the materials being composted. High temperature composting is the technique I am talking about. Although, this technique is more an industrial type of composting, it is still a good reason why we should compost.
• Studies indicate that using compost can suppress the growth of diseases in crops. Other studies also show that crops grown in compost rich soils can better resist pest or insect attacks. Likewise, some observations in the field also shows that crops grown using compost bear produce that can be stored longer.
• For the environmentalists and conservationists, composting has other benefits. Using compost together with the soil can build soil carbon, which can eventually reduce the atmospheric carbon dioxide. It may take a lot of composting to have a positive effect on the greenhouse gases but that fact is quite useful as well.
• Compost works well as an antidote for soils that are toxic with agricultural chemicals by balancing the levels of soil acidity. For farmers who choose to go organic after years of using synthetic agricultural products, starting to use compost will shorten the time to achieve organic status.

Some of these reasons or benefits of composting may not directly benefit a home gardener, but when you understand the benefits, it is an important motivation in starting your own compost bin or

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