Whether you’re starting a garden from seeds or tending one that’s already grown, providing your flowers, fruits and vegetables the nourishment they need through healthy soil should be your number one priority, and compost can help.
Feeding your plants organic matter in the form of compost mixed in with your soil will aid in the provision and absorption of all of these nutrients.
The six primary ingredients your flowers, fruits and vegetables need are:
Feeding your plants organic matter in the form of compost mixed in with your soil will aid in the provision and absorption of all of these nutrients. Compost is rich in carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, as well as sulfur, iron, zinc, copper, boron and manganese, all of which promote healthy plant growth.
As for hydrogen and oxygen, the moist, crumbly consistency of compost blended with your soil makes it easier for water and air to move through the ground in your garden to most effectively nourish plant roots.
On the contrary, chemical fertilizers do nothing to promote the optimal movement of air and water through soil. In fact, chemical fertilizers do more harm than good as the nutrients they provide are in higher doses than your plants need. Your plants may grow faster with chemical fertilizers, but at the expense of their health as rapid growth creates weak, watery plant tissue, which is what attracts pests and disease.
Though you may use a compost of leaves and yard trimmings for growing your garden, what’s even richer in nutrients is vermicompost created by worms or grubs that decompose your food waste. These composting creatures eat through your food scraps and leave behind organic matter more nutritious than what would normally be created through the traditional churn-and-turn composting method that takes months to produce usable compost. In fact, grub composting bins can break down your food scraps in as little as two days time!
The composting process can be a simple one. With good advice and the right composting equipment, you can feed the soil that feeds your flowers, fruits and vegetables the nutrients they need grow healthy, hearty and strong.