Advantages & Disadvantages of Making Soil Composting Piles
Compost piles are heaps of green and brown materials that decompose into an organic fertilizer. The compost materials can include food scraps except dairy products, meat and bones, grass clippings and other plant materials, non-glossy paper and untreated wood scraps and perhaps special types of worms thrown in to speed up the process. Wood enclosures may be necessary to keep four-legged creatures like rodents from feasting on the compost.
Over time, a well-balanced combination of green and brown compost materials will turn a compost heap into organic fertilizer. Of course, the help of insects, bacteria and fungi as well as proper aeration are also indispensable.
Just like any gardening method, however, there are advantages and disadvantages to making compost piles especially in relation to choosing compost bins. It is important for you to know of these pros and cons because you want to start organic farming with an open mind.
Pros of the Process
There are many advantages to making a compost pile as against using chemical fertilizers and making a compost bin.
1. It is a very easy activity to start and maintain especially as Mother Nature and her helpers – bugs and worms- perform the decomposing process for you.
2. Second, it is the most eco-friendly method of fertilizer use since no mining and transporting costs of the Earth’s minerals are involved. Besides, you are recycling your household wastes with compost piles, which mean that you are considerably lessening your negative impact on the environment specifically on the landfills.
3. It is a very cost-effective way of fertilizing the soils in your garden. Or rather, it is cost-free because you need not spend anything. You can then divert your money into buying more seeds for your fruits and vegetables.
4. Fourth and most important, you create a rich organic fertilizer that has all the necessary nutrients plants require. In this world where soil is being stripped of its nutrients by chemical fertilizers – soil fatigue – organic fertilizer is still the best option available.
These benefits are sufficient reasons to make your own compost piles in the backyard today!
Cons of the Compost Method
On the other hand, you also need to know of the disadvantages of making your own compost pile. Keep in mind, however, that these cons are often just minor inconveniences when compared with the benefits to be reaped.
For one thing, it is often easier to just throw away the food scraps into the sink and the trash into the garbage can. This is especially true during winter when you have to trudge through the snow to get to the compost pile. You can overcome these difficulties by using large buckets to transfer the raw compost materials into the pit, thus, making for lesser trips.
For another thing, it can be difficult warding off unwanted animals from foraging in the composting bin. You can solve this problem, however, by layering in brown materials on top of your green materials as well as in ensuring that your compost pile has an adequate enclosure and cover.
These pros and cons of compost piles should help you decide in favor of compost gardening. After all, the little time and effort you pour into compost heaps are worth the numerous benefits they bring into your garden and your life.