Organic matter is known as the “soul of a healthy soil.”
Adding compost to your yard or garden soil will help your plants grow bigger and healthier. The organic matter in compost helps soil hold on to nutrients and water.
Composting saves you money
Using compost as a soil conditioner or mulch reduces your need to purchase these lawn and garden products.
Composting is practical and convenient
No need to bother bagging leaves and other garden/yard wastes. Simply add them to your backyard bin and watch these items turn into rich dark humus.
Composting is a good alternative to landfilling or incinerating
Yard and garden wastes account for almost 20% of the total amount of trash thrown every year.
Here on the urban homestead we are striving to become self sufficient and reliant. One aspect in that is growing our own soil. Thanks to a couple million (worms), a menagerie of barnyard critters, and religious composting efforts we are able to produce enough soil to replenish each year.
I’ve published many a post on this very subject
There’s probably more!
We contribute much of our success and the “superior” taste of our produce to our soil. As Farmer D likes to say soil is not just something to hold the plants. Grow the soil and you will reap healthy plants!
Here on the urban homestead, we are even “going up in the world” (quoting from a classic line made by Farmer Justin in Homegrown Revolution – purchase your copy here) , “we are about a 1.5 higher than our next door neighbor!” It’s true.
That’s due to 25 years worth of mulching, composting, mulching and composting.
Let It Rot
Cinder block “passive or “pile”” composting.
We believe “compost happens” and we have many different composters here on the urban homestead: solar cone digestor (one of our faves!), solar scrap eater, handy dandy tumbler, stackable one’s (got those from the City of Pasadena) worms and our favorites off all – our animal menagerie (aka “pet organic composting systems”)
But the cinder block composter is by far the cheapest and simplest to use. We made ours out of recycled (free) cinder blocks. We just pile up yard waste and let rot.
Turning the compost pile
Smokin’! With all the rains we’ve been having, it was full of red worms and….
Come and get it! The compost pile not only supplies us with soil but treats, treats for the critters that is. Didn’t get any photos but the chickens and ducks gorged themselves with juicy grubs.