In his book, Compost Everything, David the Good suggested that you can compost a ridiculous variety of materials in a wide range of outrageous ways. Food for your soil is everywhere. Unfortunately, this potential fertility often hits the trash rather than completing the nutrient loop and making its way back into the ground. If you hate the trash you create, this book is for you. If you are a rule breaker and a visionary, this book is for you.
There are Many Reasons to Compost:
There are lots of reasons to compost and this book gives you many reasons. First of all composting saves money. You save on water, fertilizer and trash services. More importantly it reduces household waste.
You can compost paper, cardboard and anything organic. This means fewer bags of trash and less smell from your trash cans.
Composting saves fuel. When you compost less trash from your household needs to be hauled away.
You will also be saving on home energy costs. Homemade compost keeps you from traveling to buy factor made fertilizer (which also takes energy to product).
In fact since fertilizer is made from mined minerals (which also takes energy), which is then packaged (more energy requirements).
Composting is enjoyable. It is also safer. Purchased compost usually contains everything from pesticides to herbicides to weed seeds and heavy metals. These aren’t what you want to put in your garden and certainly don’t want in your food.
Composting saves water since the new soil significantly increased water retention.
Composting feeds the microorganisms in the soil. They are an important and vital part of soil’s health. There is a great big web of life with many checks and balances and by adding compost you will keep this web happy and active.
More nutrition in the soil equates to more nutrition in vegetables which result in more flavor. In fact you can literally taste the difference between vegetables grown in poor soil and vegetables grown in nutrient-rich soil.
Compost is like using a slow-release type of fertilizer. Wouldn’t you rather put a natural fertilizer on your vegetables than some chemical fertilizer? In fact chemical fertilizers rapidly leach through the soil and beyond the root zone, upsetting the microorganisms. With natural compost fertilizer you will get a gently flow of nutrition into your plants.
Composting makes your plants happier and healthier.