Garden DIY: Home Composting

Seedling growing in compost

With Earth Day approaching, there's no better time to think about the ways we can contribute to building a more sustainable food system. Considering we throw away about 40 percent of the food we produce each year, focusing on decreasing personal food waste is a great place to start. One way to do that is through composting! If you happen grow your own food, composting offers even more than the opportunity to cut back on waste. Compost's soil building properties bolster plant health in many ways. Adding compost builds soil structure, promotes aeration and drainage, provides vital nutrients and encourages microbial activity.

If you want to get the most out of home gardening while mitigating your environmental impact, why not kill two birds with one stone?

See the Composting Process in Action!

  

 

More Composting Resources

Starting your own compost system might sound intimidating at first, but it doesn't have to! We have a number of resources to familiarize you with setting up and maintaining a compost bin:

What Can I Compost? The Scraps That Make the Cut

Quick Tips for Separating Your Compostables

Troubleshooting Your Compost

Who Wants My Compost?

Vermicomposting 101