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- You can teach children about decomposition and zero waste using the compost pile as a home laboratory.
- Compost makes great soil to cultivate healthy plants. Compost stimulates the creation of soil particle clusters and that creates better soil structure - complete with healthy air pockets and channels that connect all the soil particle clusters.
- Compost decreases the need to use chemicals and fertilizers. Plus, it naturally reduces weeds.
- It's good old compost that fosters diverse life in the soil - from worms and fungi to bugs and birds.
- Additionally, you can conserve water with compost by improving water retention and decreasing run off.
- Compost is a fantastic way to prevent erosion and promote strong root systems in plants.
- Finally, you can reduce waste. By composting, you are diverting food waste from landfills. Yaaaaas! An EPA study performed showed that upto a quarter of all landfill waste could be composted instead of being sent to the landfill. That's incredible. Imagine... 25 percent of all waste could be turned into black gold.
- If it grows, it goes. Michelle says this, too. If the item you are considering adding to your compost pile was once part of a plant, it goes in the compost. So, the aloe leaf that helped treat my burn last week, will end up in the compost pile - not in the garbage. It sure feels good to know plant cuttings and stems can still be of use.
- Nothing green or brown leaves the property. This saying is from Peggy Anne Montgomery (SG553). We were talking about training helpers in the garden and this saying teaches that plants throughout their entire lifecycle have a role to play in the garden.
- Speaking of green and brown, the ingredients for composting can be classified into two different color categories – green and brown materials. Green material is usually of a high moisture content and is rich in nitrogen. Green materials include any grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps or peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, feathers, and egg shells. Brown material acts as your dry material and is rich in carbon. brown material includes dried leaves, newspaper, wood chips, shredded paper, stray and haw, sawdust, cardboard, kitchen and toilet roll tubes - and money. In fact, many tons of old US paper money - called dirty money by the Federal Reserve Bank - is mulched into compost every day.
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