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The Benefits Of Composting

Why every gardener should have a composter.

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!

Today, 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 within it.

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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