Compost, the single most important ally to ecological gardening!

The International Compost Awareness Week was first initiated in Canada to promote composting and the use of compost. This event aims to sensitize the public as well as enterprises to the importance of recycling organic waste as a way to contribute to the welfare of the environment. This year, International Compost Awareness Week is celebrated from May 6 to 12, under the theme ?Change our earth? compost?.

This allusion to the earth first implies the welfare of our entire environment, but earth also refers to gardening and the way we benefit from its bounty. First, you should know that a good way to add quality fertilizer to your vegetable or flower garden is to prepare compost in a corner of your yard. The compost will add the humus required for the development of microbes in your soil, which produce the nutrients required for your plants to grow. In fact, some 2 to 3% of the humus in the soil disappears each year, as it mineralizes to produce essential nutrients for the growth of plants. Adding compost to the soil compensates for this loss and ensures the fertility of the soil.

Composting generally lasts about 6 months during spring and summer. In the fall, you can incorporate the compost to your soil by hoeing it into the earth or by spreading it on the surface of your lawn and around shrubs. It is also an excellent way to recycle vegetable waste and other table scraps. In fact, composting can reduce by 30% the amount of garbage that a family produces each week! In addition, compost that is added as a fertilizer will also help the soil retain its humidity.

Composting is a natural way to recycle organic waste. Just about anything that was once a living organism can be used to compost. The following is a short list of what can be added: egg shells, fruits, vegetables, grass and shrub clippings, manure, garden waste, dry leaves, paper, sod?