Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
The Earth gives us everything we need to survive, from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the materials we use to build roofs over our heads. Even though we take, and take, and take, there’s an easy, one-word way to help you give back to the Earth: composting.
WHAT IS COMPOSTING?
Composting is a method of re-purposing excess organic materials that would otherwise become waste. Composting keeps useful materials from filling up landfills and can bring a whole new dimension to a home garden. Adding organic waste to an oxygen-rich soil allows it to decompose naturally, and the nutrients from the waste can help your garden thrive. Creating your own compost at home takes a bit of work to get started, but once you’ve got it going you’ll wonder why you waited so long.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COMPOSTING?
WHAT MATERIALS CAN I COMPOST?
There are two different categories of materials that make up a rich compost. You’ll want a bit of both in your pile!
Do not compost any of the following materials, as they are likely to create foul odors or have harmful effects on your soil and garden plants: Dairy products; fats, grease, or other oils; animal products (meat, fish bones, egg whites and yolks); pet waste; plant material treated with pesticides.
HOW TO COMPOST AT HOME
As you consistently compost, you can watch your garden grow and enjoy richer, healthier produce. Not only will you have the pride of putting home-grown food on the table, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that the food on your table was grow with environmentally conscientious means! Have you already started your compost, or are you just jumping in? Share your compost stories on Instagram and Facebook by tagging us, @doterraca.