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Top 3 Reasons for Composting

Compost bins are a must-have in every garden. We can reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill and reduce your impact on the environment. At the same time, composting also helps to improve the soil quality of your garden.

1. Composting reduces carbon footprint

Composting organic food waste is one of the most effective ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, essentially by avoiding methane production.  

How is that so? You see, in the landfill, food scraps and green waste are covered and packed down as they decompose. This process that reduces oxygen available in the landfill, so food scraps and green waste break down anaerobically (ie. without oxygen). This eventually results in the release of methane, which is a gas that is believed to be 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. 

In our garden compost, the material decomposes in the presence of oxygen. Therefore, this prevents the production of methane during the composting process.  

2. Compost increases nutrient content in soil

When organic food waste breaks down in a compost pile, the decomposition process produces the best fertiliser for your garden. This fertiliser is practically chemical-free.

We highly recommend that you add compost to your garden beds as it enriches the soil. Compost is a slow-release nutrient source for plants. Parts of food you toss into the compost bin contain important vitamins and minerals (including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) that will be recycled into the ecosystem and taken up by your plants in the garden.

Besides improving soil structure, compost maintains moisture levels, and help to keep the pH balance of the soil in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. In short, compost improves the condition of the soil – your plants will love it!

3. Compost promotes a prolific soil ecosystem

Compost can help to ward off plant diseases. Soil that is treated with compost tends to produce plants with fewer pest problems.

Due to its nutrient content, compost attracts critters and micro-organisms that are good for soil and plants. Like good bacteria in the human digestive tract, this micro-community of organisms help to control diseases and insects that might otherwise over-run untreated soil that lacks these natural checks that prevent their spread.

Before you head out to buy a compost bin, read our articles on top 3 things to put into your compost bin and what not to put into your compost bin.