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Don’t throw away that banana!

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Mar 31, 2010
Tags: green tips

Now that the snow has almost entirely melted, buds are starting to appear and you can hear the tune of birds in the air. Spring is here! While you start to clean up your yard and think about the crops you will be growing, consider another practice that makes sense for the environment and your garden: composting.

Composting is nothing but beneficial:

1. It reduces the amount of solid “waste” that ends up in landfills.
Compostable materials like grass clippings and other yard wastes take up unnecessary space in landfills. Composting organic matter (it’s not really “waste”) increases the lifespan of landfills and decreases the production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

2. Compost will enrich your soil.
Compost has also been shown to suppress plant diseases and pests, reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, and promote higher yields of agricultural crops.

3. Using compost can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
It is a low-cost alternative to artificial soil amendments.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 26 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream.” When composted, these materials may be used as mulch, or as natural fertilizer. The rich organic matter in compost can result in healthier plant growth, improved soil structure, and reduced soil erosion and soil compaction. Nature produces no waste, only material in search of a new and beneficial use.

Check out these resources for more information:

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/composting/
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_does_composting_help_the_environment

Tips on how to get started:

http://www.recyclenow.org/r_composting_getstarted.html
http://www.doityourself.com/stry/compoststarted

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