Is there a compost pile in your past? For most New Brunswickers, the answer is yes. Our grandparents' generation knew the value of composting their yard and kitchen wastes. Giving back some of the nourishment they took from the earth made good common sense, and it still does!
In today's New Brunswick, composting is a traditional idea with a broad new appeal. It's making a strong comeback in all parts of the Province, as people look for positive things they can do themselves to benefit the environment. With just a little effort, the results can be very satisfying.
Composting uses nature's own recycling system. Weeds and leaves, grass clippings, vegetable peels, and various other organic wastes are turned into humus. That's an essential soil conditioner richer than anything we can buy.
Why throw away the raw material which generates something so valuable? Especially when composting has other benefits as well.
How to compost
Building Up the Soil
Plenty of compost added to the soil will also act like a sponge, soaking up water when it rains and releasing it in dry spells. It improves the structure of both sand and clay soils, protecting them against drought and erosion.
Up to 30% of the garbage we throw out each week can go in the compost pile. Cutting domestic waste generation means a longer life for landfill sites and better environmental management for the entire community.
Helping Plants Grow
Your lawn, garden and house plants can never get too much compost. It gradually releases a variety of nutrients just when they're required by the growing plants. Insects and diseases don't seem to do as much damage where the soil is enriched with plenty of decayed organic matter. And there's another bonus: dark compost draws the sun's heat to warm the garden soil, making our short growing season a few days longer.