Making your own compost is a fantastic way to improve the quality of your existing soil, gives you a steady supply of fantastic potting material for planting up containers and saves you a lot of money by removing the need to purchase huge bags of it from your usual gardening store.
However, there is often a lot of confusion around the actual process of composting, and many people that are keen on making their own get lost along the way and give up altogether. There is also a common misconception that it smells bad or is dirty, and this is another reason why some people choose to shy away from it.
That’s why we’ve put together this ultimate guide to composting! Not only will we take you through how to create your own nutrient-filled compost, but we’ve also got the answers to any questions you might have, and will hopefully give you the confidence to start composting at home.
Let’s start with the basics – what exactly is composting? Put simply, it’s the process of breaking down organic materials such as garden waste and certain kitchen scraps over time through naturally occurring bacteria, fungi and microorganisms, and turning them into the very same compost you can find being sold in garden stores.
Plants absolutely love compost not only for it’s nutritional value but also for it’s crumbly consistency that allows their roots to move through the earth with more ease. It’s also fantastic for retaining moisture and can greatly improve certain soil conditions (such as heavy clay) by giving it a better structure over time.
Without a doubt, adding homemade compost to your garden is on the most beneficial things you can do for it. In fact, it’s so revered for it’s nutritional value and soil improvement qualities that it is often referred to as ‘Black Gold’ within the gardening community.
Continue reading, The Ultimate Guide To Composting, from our friends at Simple Grow here.
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