Imagine a day dedicated to transforming your kitchen scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich gold for your garden. That’s what Learn to Compost Day is all about, celebrated every May 29. This special day invites everyone to explore the world of composting and its numerous benefits.

The benefits of composting

Composting is an ancient practice that’s recently gained more attention due to its environmental advantages. Here are some key benefits:

Reduces waste: Composting helps divert organic waste from landfills, significantly reducing the amount of trash we produce.

Cuts methane emissions: When organic waste decomposes in landfills, it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Composting minimises this emission.

Decreases need for chemical fertilisers: Compost enriches the soil naturally, reducing the reliance on synthetic fertilisers.

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Getting started with composting

The beauty of composting is its simplicity and accessibility. Here’s how you can get started:

Choose a compost bin: You can use a simple bin in your backyard or join a community composting program.

Gather your materials: Compost needs a mix of “greens” and “browns.” Greens include kitchen scraps like fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Browns consist of items like dried leaves, cardboard, and straw.

Layering: Start with a layer of browns, then add greens, and keep alternating. This helps balance the carbon and nitrogen in your compost pile.

Maintain your pile: Turn your compost regularly to aerate it, which speeds up decomposition. Keep it moist, but not too wet.

Patience pays off: In a few months, you’ll have rich, dark compost ready to use in your garden.

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