Why Should we Compost?

compostingThere aren’t many people, who find the idea of composting especially good. Let’s face it, it’s not an attractive job in the least. However, there are a lot of virtues, which must be known.

Maybe it would make many of them change their minds.

Gardeners for example, would find composting really helpful, as they all know, a DIY soil fertilizer is the best you can find.

It’s the best organic substance for your soil, it gives the plants all the nutrients they need and is also able to keep some pests away, as it plays the role of natural pest control.

Making compost from your food scraps is not a easy job. It’s messy and if not being careful, it can also attract pests like cockroaches. So if you’re mixing the food scraps, make sure you don’t make a mess on the floor. If its already too late and cockroaches already found it, call a professional firm.

So, messiness aside, what are the benefits of making your own compost?

You won’t give money for fertilizers from the store, that’s for sure.

But what if you aren’t a gardener? What’s the point in composting?

Here I’m going to give you a quick lesson in green living.

We all know, the rubbish we throw away is recycled in most cases. Glass, paper, electronic devices are being send to factories, however, food scraps are being thrown on a piece of land.

After the space on this land reaches the end of its capacity, the scraps are being covered with dirt to let them turn into nutrients of the soil. This is being done by aerobic bacteria, which eat the decomposing organic material – the natural way of soil fertilization.

However, the bad side of this is that as the rubbish piles into a huge mountain, a few layers of dirt aren’t enough to make the decomposition fast enough. It will take literally a hundred years for the lowest layers of rubbish to decompose completely.

Also after a certain dept where there is no oxygen, aerobic bacteria cannot thrive. So at such a dept, anaerobic bacteria eat the food. Aerobic bacteria let out oxygen from their eating, while anaerobic bacteria let out methane.

Methane is what we call green house gas – one of the main reasons why the ozone layer has thinned. It’s what causes global warming and, well, it smells awful.

From all the rubbish being thrown away for recycling, food scraps make the biggest piles. Which forces people to look for other pieces of land to throw it. If we reduce the amount of food scraps, we can lengthen the life of the soil and use the land for better things – like growing food on it.

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