Garden lovers know the significance of good organic compost and its numerous benefits for plants. Compost contains mulch which is an essential nutrient of plants and helps in the healthy growth of plants. The right kind of organic fertilizer helps in binding the particles of soil, which are known as aggregates, and help in good soil structure.
Here are some of the many benefits of having good compost for garden soil.
Helps Improve garden soil structure:
Soil structure is the way various inorganic materials are combined in the soil. This means the wonderful combination of decayed organic materials, clay, silt and sand which is excellent for the soil. Adding good compost in the soil, it helps in improving the quality of soil with humus proteins. Proteins help in binding the soil so that it can resist compaction and its ability to hold different nutrients and moisture is enhanced.
Helps Increase Soil Nutrient Content:
As organic material breaks down, decomposition takes place which results in good quality compost. This helps in adding important nutrients in the soil such as potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorous.
Good organic compost helps in feeding diverse life in soil. Different types of worms, insects, fungi and bacteria help in supporting healthy soil growth. Soil enriched by compost has plenty of worms and beneficial insects which burrow into the soil, helping it to stay aerated. Such organic fertilizer also helps in suppressing harmful pests and different diseases.
Makes Soil Easier To Work:
Garden soil is better to work with when you have good compost because it is enriched with nutrients, moisture and holds air. Compost helps in retaining water, which loosens tight soil so that water can penetrate and drain well in the soil. Composting also helps in altering soil structure which prevents it from eroding.
How To Make Compost:
Now that you know why it’s important to use compost, you should probably learn how to make compost. To prepare organic fertilizer, you will need shredded organic waste, possibly in the form of shredded leaves. You can collect all shredded leaves in a mower bag and place them in a heap to form a compost pile. This pile has to be in a warm area but not too much under direct sun. Heat facilitates composting but too much exposure to heat can dry all the materials. This compost pile should be moist but too much water can slow down the process of composting. The pile needs to be well ventilated too.
It is advised to keep the compost pile well enclosed so that it does not litter around and get on your neighbor’s yard. Keep mixing the pile often using a shovel so that decomposition takes place properly. If the pile is not mixed well, it will take longer time to decompose. It takes around 3-4 weeks for the compost to be completely ready for use.