Busting composting myths

November 2, 2020 Published by: Azgari Lipshy

Composting is an art form. Transforming organic matter into compost using microbes and enzymes creates a potent mix that can enrich soil. In order to properly create compost, other factors such as environment and humidity are also very relevant to the compost quality.

Using compost in your lawn and garden will nourish the soil with vital nutrients and will result in healthier plants and grass. You should regularly add compost to your garden and give it the love it requires to grow faster and stronger. Many places tend to have poor soil, and even if you’re lucky enough to have rich soil, compost can help give back the nutrients you take out when you grow plants.

Composting is not widely understood in many places, and there are a number of misconceptions about composting. We’ll try to bust a few “myths” about composting below:

Myth 1. Composting is a Challenging Task.

FACT: Composting itself is fairly easy with the right set of materials. The most difficult portion of composting is finding the right mixture and monitoring it regularly. Once those are taken care of, the microbes do the work for you!

Myth 2. Composting is Lengthy and Time-Consuming.

FACT: Compost can be ready to use in as little as 4-6 weeks. It can take longer depending on your setup or your environment. The good news is that composting doesn’t really go bad, so if you need to hold your compost for a few months after it’s ready, you should not lose any efficacy and could even gain more!

Myth 3. Composting has a horrible smell to it

FACT: This is partially true, but only at certain times.At the beginning of the composting process, depending on the raw materials you use, compost can have an odor to it, but once it starts to decompose and the microbes work their magic, the smell begins to go away. Finished compost should smell earthy and fresh. If you are concerned about the smell, there are plenty of tips online to make the odors less inconvenient.

If you are thinking about starting compost, you should try it at a small scale first, and size up once you get the hang of it. If we all do our part, we can work our way toward a more sustainable future.

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