Useful web links

Fertilization: Natural vs. Chemical

Water Pollution 101

Recommended books

Introduction to Composting

Composting guidelines

Composting method

Introduction to Composting

Composting is about recycling nutrients. The nutrients that our bodies need come from the soil and the sea. We cannot eat a bowl of soil to receive these nutrients, because when in soil form, the nutrients are not available to us. It is the plant that absorbs nutrients from the soil and makes them available to humans through food. Composting is a way to replenish the soil by decomposing the remaining organic matter we do not consume, back into soil nutrients that the plant can then use. For example, the banana is a great source of potassium (K). The banana peel that we throw away is also high in potassium. The banana peel can be composted and the potassium will then be recycled back into soil form with the aid of beneficial microorganisms such as, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa that are born during decomposition.

Returning nutrients and beneficial microorganisms to the soil is extremely valuable for plant life. This keeps plants healthy and keeps the soil nutrient rich, which will result in food that is nutrient dense. Food that will help us protect ourselves from disease. Composting is a way for humans to contribute to the cycle of energy that provides the nutrients and the living microbial components that support all life forms on this planet. Through composting, regular table scraps can be turned into organic plant fertilizer that improves soil quality!