National Compost Week
15 - 21 March 2021
Composting is the recycling of plant and food waste material into decayed organic matter. This can then be used in various forms in the garden and when applied, enriches the soil and plant health.
This week a layer of garden compost has been added to the allotment plots at John Betts House garden, in preparation for the growing season ahead. This ties in with National Compost Week, a good opportunity to remind ourselves of the many benefits of using compost in our gardens. Please see some key tips below for reasons to compost in your garden:
- The organic matter in compost is a source of food for the organisms in the soil.
- The organic matter in compost opens up the soil, creating bigger gaps for air and water to move around – this is good for soil structure.
- As the organic matter decomposes, it releases nutrients into the soil.
- Adding a layer of mulch to beds, borders and allotments suppresses annual weeds and weakens perennial weeds.
- Composting is an environmentally friendly process using organic materials.
Composting is recommended for most sized gardens, and can be done in a number of ways to accommodate the size of the garden. We highly recommend this gardening activity and have put together a list of websites that provide useful further information on how to compost:
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