The benefits of composting and using compost cover a wide array of environmental concerns.
Benefits of Composting
Composting is beneficial for the environment because it is the process of turning waste into something useful again. Where usually our coffee grounds, eggshells and food scraps would go into a heaping landfill, composting allows us to give back to the soil and earth.
Benefits of Using Compost
- Improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment.
- Increases moisture infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.
- Improves water-holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils.
- Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients.
- May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.
- Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.
- Improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use.
- Supplies beneficial micro-organisms to soils and growing media.
- Improves and stabilizes soil pH.
- Can bind and degrade specific pollutants