Compost can be used as an additive to soil supplying nutrients. It contains moisture and soluble minerals, which provides support and nutrients. Compost can be tilled directly into the soil or growing medium to boost the level of organic matter and the overall fertility of the soil. Compost that is ready to be used as an additive is dark brown or even black with an earthy smell.
Generally, direct seeding into a compost is not recommended due to the speed with which it may dry and the possible presence of phytotoxins in immature compost that may inhibit germination, and the possible tie up of nitrogen by incompletely decomposed lignin. It is very common to see blends of 20–30% compost used for transplanting seedlings at cotyledon stage or later.
Compost can be used to increase plant immunity to diseases and pests.
Most of us can identify with the guilty, wasteful feeling you get when you have to chuck leftover Chinese food or the technically edible aftermath of a toddler’s lunch. Composting is about turning those food scraps back into food—giving that energy new life instead of sending it to the landfill. When you keep food out of the landfill you do right by the environment by limiting methane and reconnecting the food cycle. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by our responsibility to the earth, but together we can make a difference, and we're here to help. Let's compost →
TURN FOOD WASTE INTO FOOD
We should do our part to support natural cycles of nutrients. Food waste is not waste. It is an excellent fuel for microscopic life, plants, and other organisms that support our way of life. Food scraps composted with Suncoast Compost are turned into soil to grow more food here in our community.
Two Thirds of everything that goes to the landfill is compostable. Once at the landfill, your waste is spread out and covered with dirt where is is left to rot and create methane. Simply put, we can do better!
Food that breaks down without oxygen in a landfill produces methane gas. Methane gas is a very potent greenhouse gas, which contributes to global warming. It is 20X more powerful than carbon dioxide.
ALLEVIATE FOOD WASTE GUILT
Most of us have been shamed or felt guilty about "wasting food" but hey, it happens. Leftovers don't get eaten, produce spoils faster than we anticipate, and no one in your house will eat the strawberry tops. When you choose to compost those food scraps, you're directing that "waste" back into the ground to grow more food for everyone. It's a weight off of you and the planet.
THE GENIUS OF NATURE
Learn more about composting and Suncoast Compost's closed loop system — the video below gives a brief overview of the problems our planet is facing and how composting moves us back towards a more sustainable solution. Find out even more on our community resource page or by attending one of our events.
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