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The composting process involves recycling organic waste to make an excellent natural fertiliser, called ‘compost’.
More than 40% of the waste we produce is organic. This is already a good reason why this type of waste should be sorted and then recycled.
- About compost
Composting is an extremely useful way of using organic waste from the kitchen, the garden or a field. It allows us to turn waste into a valuable resource for our crops.
Spreading compost, i.e. organic matter, on the ground is essential for regenerating soils, which in many cases are depleted of humus, minerals and micro-organisms. Compost increases the amount of organic matter and contributes to revitalising the Ground, which is vital for Life and essential for all of us who are absolutely dependent on the Earth.
Garden compost is nothing more than soft soil, similar to the humus found in undergrowth, rich in minerals and with plenty of oxygen. Garden composting provides a natural fertiliser and also keeps the vegetable garden tidy by eliminating plant waste.
Although natural, this waste does not allow plants to grow vigorous and strong. A garden needs to be thoroughly and meticulously cleaned in order to strengthen plants and keep insects and pests away from brambles and dry leaves.
- Benefits of making compost
Good compost needs to have the right ratio of carbon to nitrogen in order to trigger a healthy process of biodegradation of matter. Put simply, it involves mixing ‘green’ and ‘brown’ elements.
The green part consists of kitchen waste and grass clippings, whereas the brown part can include straw, dry leaves and branches.
Pruning waste in the form of branches is a carbonaceous matter that tends to counterbalance excessively wet composting that may lead to rotting and stench. If, on the other hand, we add too many branches to the composter or heap, the degradation process will be slowed down. Adding green matter and wetting the compost will allow decomposing micro-organisms to start working again.
Composting in the garden means giving our waste a second life: respecting the environment will produce unexpected results. The compost you prepare will be much richer than that normally available on the market!
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