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Compost: Feeding our soil while saving our planet

We’re proud advocates of compost -  it’s what we do and what we pride ourselves in. Compost provides a natural way to recycle certain food and garden products providing both direct and indirect benefits for our own health and that of the planet. The benefits of compost are endless, but we’ll list a few that we think are most important.
 

  • Less waste – Each year around 12 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK and consequently goes to landfill. This means using compost can help to avoid unnecessary waste and can assist with significant reductions in greenhouse gases such as methane, which organic waste often generates in landfills.
  • Nutrient-rich soils – Compost is packed full of natural nutrient-rich soil enhancers and can help increase the soil’s organic matter, its workability, and improve plant health and growth while promoting higher crop yields. Soils rich in nutrients also mean more nutrients in the food we grow in that soil. So, it’s a win-win for our soil and for our health!
  • Climate Change– Using compost means we can reduce or even eliminate the use of chemical fertilisers, within our gardens. Many of these contain substances and chemicals such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane, and ammonia which all contribute a significant amount to global warming and climate change individually, never mind all together! Therefore, replacing chemical fertilisers with compost can remove some of these harmful emissions from the atmosphere.
  • Saves waster – When it comes to holding water compost is like a sponge! It’s a great way to help soils maintain its moisture levels meaning we can relax on the plant watering front for a bit. With compost being so nutrient rich, you don’t have to use any chemical fertilisers meaning less harmful substances will be washed into our lakes and rivers often leading to water pollution.
  • Human diseases – Using compost as an alternative to pesticides and fertilisers can also benefit human health. There is much research to suggest that pesticide use over a long period of time could be linked to various illnesses and diseases, such as cancer, ADHD and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Helps reduce pests & plant diseases – Composted gardens are often more immune to diseases such as root rots like Pythium and Phytophthora. This is a result of the diverse soil environment in which a vast range of soil organisms like bacteria exist. These microbes in the soil attract birds which are also beneficial in keeping pests out of our garden.

Compost is a natural and safe way to provide humans, animals, and our planet with direct and indirect benefits and is the most sensible method for giving our soils some TLC.

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