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Learn About Composting Day

Composting is an eco-friendly way of recycling table scraps, grass, and leaves and then reusing them after they decompose into nutrient rich soil.

Compost can be used as chemical free fertilizer for growing fruits and vegetables in your own back yard or to enhance the beauty of your flower beds, potted plants, or lawn.

Learn About Composting Day is observed on the 29th of May. Composting can be done on a large or small scale, in your back yard, on the farm, or on a grander scale.

Some cities are leaving green recycling bins for homeowners to put their yard clippings, leaves, and and other organic materials in for curbside pickup. They are making composting an integral part of their recycling strategy.

Learn About Composting Day brings attention to the fact that so many people are getting involved with growing their own food while using chemical and poison free soil that is a by-produced of organic matter that is found in and around all homes.

Called "humus," compost is actually table scraps, leaves, grass, weeds, wood, old or rotting fruits and vegetables, and other materials that are recycled into clean and healthy fertilizer and soil to grow organic fruits and vegetables.

Composting is a relatively easy process that allows for the breakdown of organic matter over a certain period of time, usually a few weeks or months. Water, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, heat, and other elements that are produced in naturally are all needed in the composting process.

Worms, fungi, and bacteria also play an important role in composting. Earthworms, micro-organisms, yeast and molds, and other bacteria are necessary components in the breaking down of organic materials.

  • Earthworms play a very important role in the recycling process. They eat the compost, digests it, and releases it back into the soil. Worms also help aerate compost by burrowing through the humus which allows the flow of oxygen that is essential to the composting process.

  • Micro-organisms break down organic matter into humus, water, carbon dioxide, and help kill off microorganisms that are harmful to plants and humans.

  • Bacteria is helpful in composting because they generate the heat that help break down many organic materials. Billions of bacteria produce useful enzymes that cause compost to decay into richly fertilized soil.
  • Molds and yeasts are fungi that cause decomposition of tough plant polymers in soil and compost. Molds and yeast spread rapidly and attack organic residues that other micro-organisms have a hard time breaking down.

Composting is good for the environment and a healthy lifestyle. It is a great way of recycling yard clippings and other organic materials that are usually thrown out as garbage.

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