When people talk about the benefits of making compost at home, they usually focus on the reduction of waste as the top advantage. Unbeknownst to them, there are many more benefits of composting at home and it’s not at all centered on the reduction of household waste. Gardeners are delighted to know that they can improve the soil composition by utilizing compost and its rich nutrients.
Improve the structure of the soil
A nutrient-rich soil structure refers to sand, silt, or clay combining with decayed materials like humus and compost. This creates a soil that is rich in nutrients and minerals. You would know that a soil is particularly rich and healthy when it is crumbly to the touch. This means that the soil has plenty of air to circulate in. Water and energy can also move freely when the soil is healthy.
Using compost in the garden soil can also neutralize pH, which can then increase the capacity of the soil to hold the nutrients and keep it for plants, flowers, vegetation, crops, and others. This helps in everyday life because you may be wondering why you are finding it hard to grow certain fruits, vegetables, and plants in your garden. Poor soil structure may be the reason why.
The truth is, when the soil in your garden is hard and clay-like, the roots will find it hard to spread and grow. They would not be able to obtain the nutrients they need in able to grow. A sand soil structure will allow the roots to move freely.
Increase the nutrient content of soil
During the decomposition process, the materials and waste in a compost pile are broken down to its most natural form. It releases and produces the best fertilizer you can ever find—the soil food web, which is a “community of organisms” such as bacteria and fungi that live in the soil. Earthworms, beetles, and critters also form a part of this community that can provide the needed nutrients of the soil.
But aside from the natural bacteria found in the soil, the compost pile can also contribute the needed nutrients in your garden soil such as potassium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, zinc, and copper.
The increase of nutrients in the soil will allow you, the gardener, to grow vegetables and fruits in an otherwise unhealthy soil. The yields of garden with compost are also better than the ones that use commercial-grade fertilizers.