As organic gardeners, nutritious fruits and vegetables aren’t the only thing we grow – Healthy, organic, biodiverse soil comes first! If you’ve read my 2-Part Soil Building Series: 5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, you know that fertile soil is born from a system of mindful practices. The easiest practice, and one which anyone can do, is composting! Here, we will learn just HOW to start a compost pile using scraps from your kitchen and garden.
Good Newsflash: It is so much easier to make compost than you think!
There are a lot of misconceptions about compost that turn people off from starting a pile. Let me encourage you: It’s not gross. It’s not poop (unless you put poop in it). When it’s balanced, it doesn’t stink. When it’s protected, it doesn’t house mice and rats. And the flies, beetles, and worms you find in and around compost piles are all a part of the natural cycle of decomposition.
Everything on this earth will eventually decompose back into its rich earthy elements (everything, that is, except plastic… that sh** isn’t going anywhere) – and weneed to take advantage of this amazing, natural process.
Much like our food, we “grow” our compost piles, we harvest fresh compost, and we give back what once came from the ground by adding it to our gardens. It’s the ultimate gesture of gratitude and appreciation we can provide for our planet.
The Real Dark Stuff (Sorry, But We Got Ourselves Here)
We are losing topsoil on our planet at a ridiculous rate. Literally half of all the topsoil we’ve ever had has diminished in the past 150 years. One hundred fifty years. If you’re racking your brain, the year is 1866 – just a few generations ago. Learn WHY here.Our soils are the crutch of all of our lives, and the future of food depends on our ability to regenerate our Soil Food Webs in the here and now.
Backyard composting is not only the best thing you can do for your garden – it is your impassioned response to human-induced soil degradation and climate change. Consider your compost pile as a form of free crop insurance!