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In the garden, compost is black gold. Comprised of yard trimmings, food wastes and other materials, this homemade soil amendment brings loads of benefits to the garden, using free ingredients.
Compost significantly improves the soil structure so that it retains water and nutrients efficiently, but also allows good water drainage, root growth and air penetration. Whether you have sandy soil or heavy, clay soil, compost can help by adding valuable organic matter to your garden.
Not only that, compost also adds important microbes to the soil, and attracts beneficial insects, which are important to plant growth. This "black gold" often has macro and micro nutrients rarely found in synthetic fertilizers.
I'm a big fan of compost, because of the way it improves my soil quality while, at the same time, reduces my household and garden waste. My Fiskars® Eco Bin™ Composter – which sits near a hibiscus shrub in my garden – couldn't be easier to set up, and compresses easily into a flat, lightweight unit for easy storage. The round shape, open bottom and puncture-proof mesh walls help everything decompose rather quickly too.
Along with all those other benefits, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says compost can also do wonderful things like:
So, what are the best things to throw in the compost pile? And what should not be composted. Here's help.
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