Composting is an incredibly effective and environmentally friendly way to turn household waste intoNatural plant fertilizer this nutrient rich mixture restores soil health and naturally increases plant vitality.
Composting is also good for the environment because when organic materials are placed in landfills, they do not have the air they need to decompose quickly.
Instead, as it breaks down, it produces harmful methane gas, accelerating global warming and climate change.
When making compost from a compost pile, a combination of food waste, brown material (dry leaves, wood, paper, cardboard) and green material (fresh grass, leaves, plants) are combined; Often, the compost bin fills up with dry, brown material that can eventually slow down the composting process.
It is better to put waste and dry leaves in chopped plants to energize the composting process, this will not only speed up composting, but also improve the nutritional value of the final compost.
If you find you have a lot of mineral-rich perennial greens like nettles, chop them up and spread them into your compost pile.
Green Manure: Green Manure usually refers to crops that are easy to grow and are planted specifically to return to the soil to maintain the soil’s productive properties and supportive nutrients.
This method redistributes fresh, shredded, green plant material into the topsoil, where it is used as a high-nitrogen fertilizer instead of chemical fertilizers and animal manure.
To use plants for green manure, plant easily plowed plants as cover crops, such as clover or grass.
Alternately, chop up extra plants you’ve grown elsewhere into small pieces and mix them into the garden soil in the fall or at least two weeks before planting.
Over time, plant material breaks down and provides nutrients to the garden and other plants while increasing soil health and water retention.