Originally posted on Return To Pioneer Gardening:
One of the lost arts of pioneer gardening….composting. Composting is an excellent way to reduce garbage going to the landfill, and fertilizes your garden better than ANY chemical product on the market. Its better for your health, the health of your garden plants, and the environment overall.
Composting involves tiny organisms and helpful naturally-occurring bacteria that break down the items in your compost pile to a soil-like substance called humus. Humus is crumbly like soil, and smells like fresh soil. All traces of the original material are gone, and all that remains is a vitamin and mineral rich substance that plants love.
Composting is an art, and there’s no one way to do it. However, anyone can compost, and if you garden or not, composting is beneficial for everyone. Composting in winter is tricky, and the process slows considerably. Composting requires heat, to quickly break down the materials in the pile. That being said composting is a lot like gardening, and can’t be rushed. If a pile is started in the spring, it may not be ready to use until late summer or fall. Don’t let this deter you from composting, its rewards are well worth the wait.