By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 8 March 2012)
Why compost? Organic material makes up approximately one-third of all material sent to landfills. Composting reduces the amount of garbage produced and creates a useful, garden-enhancing product from kitchen and garden waste.
Compost is beneficial for lawns, gardens, trees, and potted plants. It adds organic matter to the soil, enhances the ability of the soil to hold moisture, increases soil porosity, reduces erosion, improves plant growth, and aids the development of healthy root structures. Composting also reduces greenhouse gas production, helps to recover valuable materials, and reduces water use.
Compost is easy to produce and apply to the garden. Just choose a method that fits your time and space requirements, and you can create a more environmentally friendly home and garden in a relatively short time.