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When we garden, build a new house, or do anything to disturb the soil, we cause damage to a delicate ecosystem that takes years to regenerate. By composting, you’re doing your bit to restore the balance of nature while improving the health and growth of your own plants.
Whenever I think about compost, I consider the mighty forests of the Northwestern United States or the Great American Prairie out my back door. Unaided by human beings, both ecosystems survive on their own and grow in their particular manner through composted materials from fallen leaves, and grasses and other plants which die and then decay. Both ecosystems are extremely fertile and self-sustaining. Think of the forest floor, filled with ferns and other understory plants, soft and springy from decayed material, and you are seeing compost at work.
What does compost do for the soil?
Compost returns fertility, microscopic soil organisms, and aids in tilth, making garden soil a healthy environment full of life for your plants. It also saves gardeners money by recycling dead matter in the garden while providing energy and fertility the following spring. Compost reduces our reliance on fertilizers, both organic and chemical in nature. In my garden, I use shredded leaves in the fall which then break down into compost by spring, along with the plant material I pile into my, two Eco Bin™ Composters from Fiskars. I like how their black mesh blends into the landscape while aerating the pile of debris I place inside.
You can buy bagged compost in the store, but why do that when you have free organic matter at your fingertips?
For more extensive information about composting, consult Cornell University’s article, Compost Physics.