Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, everyone! To celebrate, we’re talking about composting, how you can get involved, and why it’s good for the environment.

What is Composting?

Composting is the process of taking organic matter and letting it decompose. Anyone can do it whether or not he or she has a garden. You can compost at home using a variety of methods. The end result of composting is a nutrient-rich material called humus, which you use in your garden’s soil.

If you want to compost but don’t want to do it yourself, you can donate it. If you have a garden and want to use compost, you can buy it.

Full Circle Composting in Minden, Nevada, is the place to go if you want to donate your compostable materials and also buy organic “humified compost, blended topsoil, and fertile mulches.” They use a 10- week cycle from raw materials to the end product (humus) through the process of aerobic composting (you can read about the full process here) that speeds up the decomposing process while also adding in oxygen and H2O.

Why Compost?

Why bother composting or using compost in your garden? Because it’s good for the environment! Here are just a few benefits composting can have on the environment, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency:

  • It has the ability to regenerate poor soil. The humus can bring moisture back into the soil, and the compost can help “suppress plant diseases… or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizer.”
  • It can help prevent pollution.
  • It can reduce the need for water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
  • It can clean contaminated soil.

What Can You Compost?

Full Circle Recycling accepts grass clippings, old sod, branches, and other lawn and garden waste. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so give them a call to find out what compostable items they accept. (And for a list of the products they offer, go here.)

What other items can you compost? Here are just a few:

  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Egg shells
  • Oatmeal
  • Wine corks
  • Fresh flowers

Find out more things you can compost in this great article from Mother Nature Network.