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Why Should I Compost?

An increasing amount of people are becoming environmentally aware of the effects that chemical fertilizers are having on our environment. Not only can they leave a build up of heavy metals such as cadmium and lead in the soil, they can kill the natural micro organisms that help make your soil fertile and leave you relying on chemical based compounds forever more. Also the run off from soil that has been treated with chemical fertilizers is extremely toxic and it can pollute waterways causing a detrimental effect to the environment.

A much more efficient and eco-friendly way to enhance your soil is by composting.

Some of the key benefits to creating your own compost are:

Composting can enhance the condition of what could have been unworkable land. It can allow you to make use of an area you thought was beyond hope Cat Palm Care. It increases the soils ability to hold water and helps keep the soils temperature stable. This will protect the plants roots from extreme temperature changes. It also reduces toxic run off and will bind some toxins and prevent them from entering the ecosystem.

The nutrients which are abundant within compost are released gradually. This allows the plants time to absorb the much needed nutrients without over fertilizing them, which can occur with chemical fertilizers.

Your plants will be healthier, as many diseases are caused by an inadequate amount of good micro organisms in the soil such as fungi, and compost is packed with these vital microbes that will help your plants thrive.

Composting will cut down on your refuse and makes use of materials that would otherwise be contributing to a mountain of a land fill. Also it is far cheaper to compost than to go and buy new soil.

I believe I was born green and not just by name. I always loved growing things and have planted and tended vegetable and flower gardens since I was able to lift a shovel. I once plowed under half my parents’ one acre property, by hand with a shovel and hoe, to plant a whopping vegetable garden. My two year old son loved that and came to me at the end of the day with a pocket full of worms in his Osh Kosh overalls. I have embraced recycling, composting, organic gardening, shutting off lights, turning the thermostat up or down. I moved to a small town away from traffic and I am able to bike to the post office, pharmacy and grocery store. Now I plant to increase cover and attract birds, lizards, frogs, butterflies and other small creatures remaining in our development. With this said, I have recently re-evaluated my always enthusiastic commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

There is a new housing development south of me. It was featured on the local television news as the “greenest development in the United States”. That got my attention. The homes are also “smart” with the ability to control functions via one’s cell phone. Any new housing, especially in this economy, is anti green in that it destroys habitat. The small town I live in is surrounded by natural lands full of deer, wild boar, cougars, raccoons, possums, armadillos and other wildlife. Oh yes, and there are alligators. I have frequent enough sightings of all these animals to know that their habitat is full and they are spilling over into developed areas, especially the alligators. There is quite a community of “gators” in the ponds of the golf course and dog park. I don’t begrudge any of these creatures their space. I just don’t know what green solution there is for destroyed habitat already covered with homes and stores.

Once one gets over the destroyed habitat though, these new homes incorporate amazing solutions like a storm drain system that recycles water and returns it better than it was. The homes all come with tinted windows and have all energy efficient appliances. That is why being green is complicated. I was searching the web in my quest for a definitive answer on the progress that has been made, or setbacks, in the green movement. What I see makes green initiatives a murky area where it is not very clear what is ultimately good for our environment. For example, I like salmon and it is healthy for me. I recently researched farm raised versus wild salmon and surprisingly I found more support, health and environment, for eating wild salmon:

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