Whether yours is a lush backyard oasis filled with flowers, fruits and vegetables or just a couple of potted plants on your porch, naturally nurturing the growth of your garden is great for you and great for the planet. Nature knows best, after all, especially when it comes to gardening, meaning man-made chemical fertilizers cannot compare to Mother Earth’s natural plant food – compost.
Soil is a living community, filled with microorganisms and macroorganisms that help grow strong, vibrant vegetation. Nutrient-rich compost feeds the soil, healthy soil feeds your plants and healthy plants feed you. In other words, the healthier the soil, the healthier your fruits and vegetables, and the healthier your body. So instead of using chemicals to accelerate the growth of plants and pesticides to fight off insects, use compost instead.
HEALTHIER FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Synthetic fertilizers may grow plants faster, but nutrition is sacrificed in the process. Unlike compost which helps provide for all of the primary nutrients plants need, chemical fertilizers contain just a few of them, all of which are present in much higher doses than any healthy plant really needs.
Inevitably, chemical fertilizers and pesticides sprayed on plants end up in the soil. When rain falls it mixes with these chemicals, a combination that makes its way into waterways and, ultimately, into drinking supplies. Compost fertilizes the soil naturally with no toxic side effects, while also promoting the growth of healthier roots, stems and leaves that resist pests and disease.
Of all the waste sent to landfills each year, food scraps represent the second largest contribution, by weight. So one of the most practical, efficient ways of diverting waste from landfills is to turn your food waste into compostable material for your garden instead. Waste, after all, is the world’s greatest resource and nowhere in nature is that fact more evident than in the ability of composted food waste to fertilize the plants that produce the food for your next meal.
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