It’s that time of year again when Halloween’s come and gone. We’re left with bags of candy and left over pumpkins that we don’t know what to do with. Have you thought about composting your pumpkin? Try it! According to Bonnie Plays, “compost energizes the soil, which is made up of microscopic bacteria and fungi, along with earthworms, crickets, and many other life forms. Many fungi form symbiotic, or mutually rewarding, partnerships with plant roots, making it possible for vegetables to feed themselves more efficiently”. Composting is a great way to nourish your garden and the surrounding environment. Check out these seven fact about composting:
- Composting transforms waste into a valuable soil amendment, saves space in landfills, saves money on trash disposal, teaches students to be better environmental citizens, and actually helps slow climate change (Ace Space).
- It takes on average 2 to 6 months for objects to decompose, depending on the material.
- Composting is extremely low maintenance.To make sure the ground is okay for compost, check the moisture. If the ground is too dry, add some water to it and dry leaves. Be sure to check the moisture in the soil frequently to get the most out of composting.
- Composting can occur all year round! Many people believe that composting is only for the summer or fall, but it can be done in the winter too. Check out this guide to find out how to compost all year round.
- Composting not only puts nutrients into your garden and soil, but it also helps absorb odors too. Odors can live in the soil, which can harm your garden. Composting helps absorb the metals that and other harmful contaminants that can be found in soil from getting into your garden.
- Many believe that composting is only for fruits and vegetables, yet you can compost more than that! Newspaper, meat, tea bags, eggs and more can be composted too. Check out what else can be composted from this list.
- The amount of food waste Americans produce every year is up to 65 pounds. Although we can reduce this number by composting. Composting helps reduce the amount of yard or food waste by 50-75%.
Why do people compost?
Many people compost to save money, resources and to reduce their impact on the environment. With composting, homeowners no longer need to buy fertilizer to help with their gardens or grass, instead they can create their own fertilizer from their leftover food.
Another reason people like to compost is to help reduce their impact on the environment. There are thousands of harmful chemicals that can be found in our soils. By composting we increase the ability to trap those chemicals by decreasing the amount of food waste and/or waste going into landfills each year. It’s a win, win! As you can see, composting is extremely beneficial to help decrease the use of chemicals in fertilizer and helps households save money along the way!
Composting is extremely easy to start doing. It not only helps you immediately, but it helps the environment surrounding you too. It can be bought at the store, but the best source of composting is homemade. By adding in a little food each day, you can start creating an active and extremely useful compost pile. Follow these easy steps to start your own compost today!