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Caring With Compost

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By, Dr. Mercola

Do you compost? If the answer is no, then maybe you believe it’s too complicated or time consuming, or too smelly—or perhaps you think you lack a suitable place to do it. I have been composting for the past two years now and have learned how to refine the process. If any of these is true, then I have great news: there is a simple composting method for you, regardless of your living situation or circumstance. Nearly all composting challenges are easily remedied.

The list of reasons we should compost is growing longer all the time. Whether you live on a farm or in an apartment, there is a composting method that will likely work for you!

  • Why Compost? 
    • Increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, which reduces erosion and runoff and protects our waterways.
    • Improves soil’s water retention capacity, which reduces water loss and leaching; for example, a mere five percent increase in a soil’s organic material quadruples its water holding capacity.
    • Supplies a variety of organic matter, slow-release nutrition, and beneficial microorganisms to the soil, which improves plants’ health and ability to resist disease.
    • Optimizes soil pH.
    • Helps the soil bind and break down specific pollutants, such as VOCs, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides.
    • Diverts materials away from landfills, which is of great importance today; food scraps and yard waste make up 20 to 30 percent of what ends up in landfills.
    • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions—including methane, which is 72 times as potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
    • Economic benefits include reducing the need for crop irrigation, application of toxic agricultural chemicals, and conventional soil remediation.
  • What You’ll Need to Compost
    • Envirocycle Original Composter- Lidded container in or near your kitchen for collecting kitchen scraps (the lid helps prevent bugs).
    • Green waste (Nitrogen- Rich– Grass cuttings, manure from grazing/ herbivores (chickens, rabbits, horses okay, but NOT cats and dogs), fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, tea leaves, tea bags, and etc.
    • Brown Stuff (Carbon-Rich)- Fallen leaves, twigs, sawdust, animal bedding/shavings, cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towels, paper plates and cups, paper bags, hay or straw, human or animal hair/fur, and etc.
  • Things To Avoid Using in Your Compost
    • Meat, fish or bones.
    • Plastic or synthetic fibers.
    • Manure from carnivorous animals.
    • Weeds gone to seed.
    • Any diseased plants or plants with chemical residue.
    • Glossy paper.
    • Cat litter.
  • Waste Not, Want Not
    • High performance agriculture is one of my new passions and I am convinced that properly applied, it will not only allow you to grow incredibly healthy food for your family but it will also help create a movement that will help to restore the ecological balance to the earth that has been so radically decimated with conventional farming techniques.As our global population continues to grow, our resources will continue to shrink. Composting is one way you can turn your waste into a fantastic resource, with ecological benefits extending far beyond your backyard. Composting is relatively easy, fun and rewarding. Learning the art of composting is not as daunting as you might think. Whether you have a huge compost heap in your backyard or a modest worm bin on your patio, composting is doable in just about any living situation.

For more information by Dr. Mercola about composting visit:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/09/composting.aspx

 
 

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