All About Composting
This week is International Compost Week. Even though it doesn’t sound that exciting, composting has so many benefits for the planet and can actually be really fun to do. It’s the most eco-friendly way to get rid of garden and food waste, as it doesn’t involve any transportation, and can help your garden bloom and blossom like never before. Read all about composting below, including which of our laundry products is compostable…
What is compost?
Compost is a soil-like substance made by piling up organic matter and letting lively microbes break it down until it’s ready to use in your yard. Because it’s made up of organic waste, it’s full of nutrients that would usually go to waste. Think of composting as a circular process: taking from nature to give back to nature.
Plants love compost. First off, it makes soil more fertile and efficient, protects against plant diseases, retains moisture and adds important nutrients to soil. Compost has loads of benefits for the wider environment too. Composting food and garden waste saves valuable space in landfills, where it would usually rot and release methane and carbon dioxide. It also reduces carbon dioxide in the air, as plants absorb the gas to feed microbes in compost. Also, water retained by compost seeps into the ground and eventually helps replenish springs, ponds and lakes.
What can be composted?
Compost is made up of two types of waste: green and brown. Green waste consists of things like grass, food waste and coffee grounds, and provides nitrogen to the compost. Brown waste is tougher, consisting of twigs, branches and dead leaves, which are needed to provide carbon.
Looking for compostable laundry products? Did you know that our Soap Nuts are a totally compostable laundry detergent? They’re natural and organic, and grow on trees in exotic climates. Each nut can be used multiple times, but when they’ve run out of their natural soap, you can add them to your compost heap.
How to compost
Get a compost bin and place it in a shady spot in your yard. Fill it with a little soil then add your green and brown waste. Alternate layers and try to include an equal amount of both. Add some water and keep a lid on the bin to keep moisture in, which will help everything break down faster. Turn the heap with a shovel around once a month to add air. It can take anywhere between 6-24 months, but you’ll know it’s ready to use when it looks like dark brown soil and smells like damp woodland.
So, will you be trying to make your own compost this year?