Benefits Of Composting – Why Use Compost In Your Organic Garden?

Today’s video is about the benefits of composting. I talked before about how one of my main goals
is growing food – nutrient-dense food. And I also want to get flowers growing in
here and I want trees and shrubs and I really want to get a bunch of diversity, but one
thing I really want to make sure I have is food. The food that’s coming out of our industrial,
conventional agriculture is getting to be very poor quality, 60-70% lower in nutrients
than it was before this whole green revolution started in the last century. So, I want to grow food that has a lot more
nutrients in it than that. During that time we’ve increased pesticide use by 1000% and
that we’re still getting crop loss from insects alone, crop loss has doubled. So the pesticides aren’t working every well
and they’re contributing to this loss of nutrients in our foods. If you’ve read my blog you know that I don’t
really like to spend to much time complaining about it. I certainly have spent time about
being down about it, especially when I was first learning about all this stuff. But then I started to realize that we can
make a difference starting in our own organic gardens. We can grow nutrient-dense food, we can restore
the topsoil that’s been degraded, we can clean out the water in our area, capture rain
water from the roof and we can really create these inspirational gardens that are beautiful
and provide us with really healthy food if we learn how to really get in there and build
up the soil and all that stuff. That’s one of my main goals and compost
is just one of the most important tools to make that happen. There are really two sort
of organic matter tools that I focus on in my vegetable garden and the first one is compost. Obviously I can’t show you how to make compost
today, that’s going to take a month or two. I get into that into detail in the Academy. What I want to talk about today is that often
when I’m in a new place when I’m starting a new organic garden, I’m just going to
have to buy compost. What I’ll do here is maybe zoom in on this
compost here and show you a little bit about how to buy it and how to use it, because that’s
going to be an important thing, especially when you’re just getting started when you
haven’t made your own compost yet. So, when you buy compost, you want it to be
nice and dark like this. You want it to be, you don’t want to be able to discern the
raw materials too much, and here I just have to do this so I can see. You know, a little bit of woody material is
okay, this happens to be kind of a rough compost. The reason I’m okay with it is because I
know the guy who makes it. I know the materials that go in it and I’m happy with it. So
I don’t mind it being a little rougher. I could screen it out if I wanted to. But when you want compost, when you’re looking
for it, you want it to smell good. You want it to smell really nice like a forest floor,
like really rich. You want it to be dark, fluffy, moist and you don’t want it to have
garbage in it or anything like that. You don’t want it to have been made with
any sewage sludge – that’s definitely a no-no. And, it should just smell and feel
good and you know, ideally you would kind of ask what goes in it and you don’t want
to have toxic waste or any kind of weird stuff that often gets into compost piles. So, just go for that really nice dark stuff
that hasn’t been made with paper mill waste or sewage sludge or any of that kind of stuff. Then when it comes time to use it, one thing
that I like to do even if I don’t need it yet. I bring the compost onto my property
as long as I, a month or two or three, then it will cure a little more than perhaps it
did at the composting facility. I like to have that curing time. So then what
I’m going to do is you’ll see that when I prepare the soil, I’m going to take at
least a couple of inches, a couple inches of this, put it on my soil and incorporate
it in there with the rototiller or with the pitch fork or somehow. I don’t like to do too much tilling of my
soil in the long run. When I’m making a new bed, especially one that slow in organic
matter, I want to incorporate that compost in there as deep as I can really. And I know that’s actually going to hurt
the soil a little bit when I’m tilling or when I’m digging like that, but I need to
get that organic matter in there in the beginning. So, I will show you how to that when I get
doing it. And I’ll talk about the other organic matter material when I’ve installed
some stuff. So, compost, really useful to learn how to
make it but until then it’s useful to know how to buy it. You definitely want to use
that. I guess I kind of skipped an important step
there, because some people don’t know exactly the benefits of composting. Maybe I’ll put
the camera back up here and talk about that because that would be a good thing to talk
about, wouldn’t it? So, what compost is, is its organic matter
that has been broken down by microorganisms largely, they do the work of breaking down
the organic matter and that can be manure, it can be grass clippings, leaves, straw,
any kind of, anything that was once alive. What happens then, is the reason we use it,
there are kind of three main reasons. 1. We want the organic matter because we want
some of that to turn into humus in the soil and that does a lot of things. It holds water
and holds nutrients and allows for air in the soil and it just does a lot of good stuff
for us. 2. Also, it’s going to have nutrients in
it because when the microorganisms broke down these foods scraps, manures, leaves, all that
stuff has nutrients in it and so it can’t be technically called a fertilizer but you
can kind of think of it like that. It’s a broad spectrum organic fertilizer that has
a lot of different nutrients in there. Especially if it was made with a lots of different sources
of organic material. 3. But then the third reason is, people are
starting to talk about it more but to me it’s the most important or certainly up there,
is the microorganisms are still in here and we need them in our soil because they do so
much. I’ll even make another video on them because they’re just so important. So, were inoculating our organic garden with
these beneficial bacteria and fungi and protozoa and even little animals, even little worms,
insects, we want all of them in our vegetable garden because they do everything to make
the soil healthy and alive. So maybe I’ll talk about that more when
I talk about microorganisms but that’s why we want to use compost in the soil, so I hope
you will get into composting and using it as soon as you can.

9 thoughts on “Benefits Of Composting – Why Use Compost In Your Organic Garden?

  1. you should check out Vermicomposting. Much much more organic and fresh worm casting have live beneficial microorganisms in it. Also much more sustaining If you have your own.

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