As organic gardeners, most of us are well aware the benefits organic compost can provide to our fruit and vegetables, but many may have less of an understanding of how it fits into the larger picture of sustainability. Organic compost may be an absolutely essential thread in the tapestry of preventing ecological ruin.
It should go without saying that we are fundamentally reliant on the viability of the soil for our survival, but as we speak that very soil is being decimated at an exponential rate. Though erosion (soil loss) is a natural and necessary process, recent scientific analysis has shown that human-caused erosion has outpaced all natural erosional processes combined by a factor of 10. By contrast, natural soil formation roughly keeps pace with natural soil erosion. The primary driving force behind human caused erosion is large scale, conventional agriculture. Within our current agricultural system there are few measures in place to rebuild healthy soils to account for the huge amount of soil lost and destroyed. Human caused soil loss is one of the great ecological crises of our time, but is largely under recognized.
So, what's the good news? A large part of the solution to this daunting problem may lie in your table waste, lawn clippings and autumn leaves. Studies by The Rodale Institute and others have demonstrated that using organic compost in lieu of conventional chemical fertilizers is not only an economically viable option in terms of comparable crop yields, it has the added benefit of restoring health and structure to the soil itself by increasing the soil's ability to absorb and retain moisture, decreasing waterway polluting run off, increasing beneficial microbial life, buffering soil pH and enabling new vegetation to easily take root.
is easy and cheap to obtain whether purchased or created at home. If the latter option is more your speed, you gain the added advantage of cutting down on household waste by creating compost in a pile or in a compost bin
. We at Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply have compiled and created a great number of resources to help make your composting experience a success. Check out our articles and videos on composting topics ranging from basic Composting 101 to vermicomposting and hot composting. If you need a little boost to start, or are otherwise unable to create your own compost, we offer a variety of organic compost for sale in different quantities to suit your needs. We're excited to help you build your soil and grow organic for life!
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Video: Composting 101
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