July 02, 2018
What is composting?
Compost is the product of decomposing organic matter, that is often used to enrich the soil with nutrients and help your plants grow as healthy and strong as possible.
Why should I do it?
Compost enriches soil that can help grow healthier produce and flowers. It can make plants more resistant to diseases and may improve the flavor and nutrition of produce. As compost promotes a healthy soil microbiome (fungi, bacteria, and other microbes that break down decaying matter), gardeners sometimes lovingly refer to it as “black gold”.
Outside of improving the nutrients in the soil of your garden, composting can help reduce your carbon footprint and in turn, fight climate change. By diverting food waste towards composting, we close the nutrient cycle and can decrease the production of methane gas — a byproduct of food waste decomposing in landfills — instead, nourishing soils, protecting against erosion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption from waste transportation. Methane has a warming potential (defined as a relative measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere) of roughly twenty times more than carbon.
More nutritious produce, more vibrant flowers AND turning around climate change — wins all around 🙌🏼.
Who else has done it? (Need some extra inspiration? Everyone is doing it!)
Lots of people! Everyone from Martha stewart to the Obamas to James Bond (Pierce Brosnan version). Even Oprah set aside an area on her Hawaiian farm estate for composting. You’re sure to be in great company!
How do I start?
Composting can be done cold (let it sit and do its thing over the course of a year) or hot (introduce heat to speed up processes to a few months). We will leave the latter up to the gardening professionals and focus on the former. Compost can be purchased or made at home; as we are DIY enthusiasts here at GROW, we’ll walk through the steps of setting up your own compost at home.
Where does it go?
City dwellers can keep scraps in freezer/fridge (no meat/dairy) to prevent odors and when they’re ready, bring it to community pick up centers designated by the city’s compost collection programs. Alternatively, vermicomposting (vermi = worms) can be done in small spaces; this is what we have at GROW HQ in New York City. Earthworms (usually Red Wigglers) eat and process the food, adding even more nutrients into the end product and minimizing odors. When the compost is finished, we top off our Duo to keep our vegetables thriving. Those blessed with outdoor space can keep their compost bins outside or even designate an area to it.
When do I start?
What better time than now? 🌎🌱