Soils and Composting: Composting

Gardens & Landscapes, Blueberries August 09, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF
Image:Compost KJ fp.JPGCompost is often one of the least expensive and most readily available forms of organic matter for use in home gardens. Compost can be purchased at retail centers, picked up from local municipalities, or made by recycling yard wastes in a home compost pile.

 

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Compost bins. (Photo credit: Karen Jeannette)

Compost Benefits and Use

Organic matter's numerous benefits as a soil amendment make it high on the list of a gardener's essentials list. Compost is often one of the least expensive and most readily available forms of organic matter for use in home gardens. Compost can be purchased at retail centers, picked up from local municipalities, or made by recycling yard wastes in a home compost pile.

Compost is sometimes called gardener's gold because of the benefits to the garden as a soil amendment or even as a mulch. Composting waste is a good way to recycle nutrients back into the environment and to avoid filling landfills with organic matter.

Finished compost, also known as gardener's gold (Photo credit: Karen Jeannette).

For more information, see:

  • Composting for the Homeowner (University of Illinois Extension), a comprehensive site about composting, discussing composting from start to finish.

More Composting Resources

  • Composting (US, EPA) provides good information on composting and also contains many good links to compost resources such as regional information, frequent questions, composting law/statutes, environmental benefits, and additional publications.
  • Composting Backyard Conservation (Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA) discusses different kinds of composting for the gardener. Learn about the difference between hot and cold composting.

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