Composting is a natural process that has been taking place as long as
plant and animal life has been in existence upon the earth. The theory behind
composting is simple: When the life of any organism comes to an end, the organic
materials left behind start to decay, returning the minerals and nutrients it
contained back to the earth from which it originally came.
The resulting composted material is extremely rich in the vitamins and minerals
that plants need in order to grow and thrive. In other words, composted organic
matter makes an excellent fertilizer!
I remember how my dad used to keep a compost pile out behind the barn. Just
about every bit of organic waste we produced went onto that compost pile - food
scraps from the kitchen, potato and apple peels, weeds that were chopped out of the
garden...if it was organic it went on the compost pile.
Every spring when it came to plant our garden, he would load the precious
"fertilizer" from the compost pile into buckets and spread it all over the
garden before plowing the ground. It surely worked too, because we always had the
prettiest and most productive garden in the county!
modern composters used in conjunction with various composting supplies make the
process a lot faster and easier than using a traditional compost pile.
A composter can be as simple as a large trash container or as elaborate as a
steel drum that turns on an axle to mix and aerate the organic material placed
In my opinion, if you want to have a great garden, you need a composter. Your
garden plants will love you for it!
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