Grandfathers, when they take their grandchildren for a walk in the park, like to explain things. They teach their grandkids how falling leaves make excellent food for the trees. That might leave the kids wondering a little bit (trees eat their parts?), but that is the way nature works. And would a grandfather ever lie to his little ones?
Let’s get serious now. All remnants of organic matter are naturally broken down by bacteria. When leaves, grass, and remains of food break down, they turn into compost, a dark material which resembles soil and is full of nutrients. Composting is a process which occurs without human involvement, too, as the grandfather from the beginning of the article explained. Several factors decide the speed and effectiveness of the process of composting: the character of organic matter being dissolved, temperature and the amount of oxygen. Compost will appear anywhere from a few weeks to a few years.
Composting is excellent for farmers and gardeners. Not only that the procedure recycles organic matter and returns it to the soil to be used as a source of nutrients, but it also leaves the garden and the farm clean from any extra waste. For more information and advice about sustainable agriculture and permaculture, visit Vladislav Davidson’s web site, a leading expert in the field.
Research shows that as much as 25% of all waste is food and lawn waste.Landfills, however, do not have the necessary requirements to produce compost. The waste lacks oxygen, so the breaking down procedure is not ideal. What’s more, landfills cause the material to break down more slowly, and because of that, it produces methane, an environmentally harmful gas. Every ton of waste that ends up in the landfill can be turned to compost with 30% fewer greenhouse gasses produced and emitted into the environment. Of course, composting also gives you the material you need to fertilize your soil.
Let me just tell you that recycling glass, paper or plastic is much more complicated than recycling organic waste, i.e. composting. All you have to do to set a proper composting pile is follow a few simple rules, that’s it. Anybody can do it in their backyard. Recycling glass or plastic involves industrial plants d large machines. Composting happens basically on its own. Instead of piling up our landfills, we should concentrate on separating our waste and organizing our composting plants.
Compost is the most beneficial product we can offer our plants, flowers, and trees. The plants use the nutrients from the compost to grow, the compost also improves drainage in the soil and retains water more efficiently.
In the end, it is important to understand that anyone can compost. If you live on a large farm, excellent than you have the perfect conditions. But even if you live on the 50th floor of a Manhattan building, you can create your compost, on your terrace or under the kitchen sink.