Composting is the art of turning organic waste into a rich soil amendment called humus. Backyard composting is easy to learn and is full of benefits for you and the environment. Organic wastes that can be composted include fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, grass clippings and leaves. Some things you should not include in your backyard compost include meat or dairy products and weed seeds.
The benefits of composting are include:
  • Reduce waste sent to landfill.
  • Reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Reuse organic materials.
  • Recycle natural nutrients.
  • Improve soil without chemicals.
  • Produce rich humus for plants.
  • Save money on chemical fertilizers.
  • The humus you produce can be:
    • Used as a lawn dressing.
    • Dug into your garden in the fall or spring.
    • Added to houseplants.
    • Used as a potting and seed starting mix.

    It adds valuable nutrients to the soil, acts as a natural slow-release fertilizer and helps retain soil moisture.

    Worms also help break down soil!