Some start composting for practical reasons, but the end results can vary from person to person.
Take, for example, Marco Bitran. Marco studied composting with his children - making it a family affair. Not only did he and his kids learn more about how to start composting and how it works, but it also allowed the entire family to participate in something good for the environment while helping reduce family waste.
Most people start composting for obvious reason: to reduce the amount of garage they send to the trash dump every week. With composting, your leaves, grass clippings, weeds, garden waste, food scraps, etc., all make the trash load lighter and your compost pile better.
The second most popular reason to composting is the great benefit it provides to your garden and plant and flower beds. Consider this: less trips to the garden center for fertizilers and a bigger financial savings. Composting is free and it provides a never-ending supply. The more you put in to it, the more you get out of it.
Here's how composting works:
Typically, a compost pile starts with basic kitchen and garden waste such as vegetable peels; scraps; weeds; dead plants and more. As you add more of these items to your compost pile (along with water and aeration), the compost process accelerates and breaks down the materials.
Over time, compost turns into what soil scientists call "active organic matter" which is a dark, crumbly soil that's rich with beneficial fungi, bacteria, earthworms and more!
Ready to get started?
When forming your own compost pile, you need to be aware of four basic elements: oxygen, bacteria, mosture and organic material. When you start, you'll want to add both green and brown wastes to your compost pile. This includes a good mixture of grass clippings, dead leaves, food scraps (like orange peels), etc. Water and oxygen add to the process to help break it all down faster.
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Remember Marco and his family composting project?
Marco Bitran is the founder and chief executive officer of AI Exchange, Inc. Marco has held positions with Morgan Stanley, Qualcomm, Wellington Management, and other firms. He currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts. Along with his current endeavor, Bitran is concerned about the environment and encourages people to use compost. Recently, he launched a website, www.composting101.com, to enlighten readers about ways to make and use it.
At AI Exchange Marco learned that adding compost to garden soil increases its water-holding capacity, invigorates the soil food web and provides a buffet of plant nutrients. Compost also contains substances that enhance plants’ ability to respond to challenges from insects and diseases.