Compost is the end product of the decomposition of organic matter. Organic matter includes: garden waste, kitchen scraps, manure, leaves, grass clippings, straw, and more. All organic matter will eventually decompose, with or without our help, but the goal of composting is to speed the process along. There are several different methods to do this. When used in your garden, compost can improve soil structure, aid in necessary microbial activity in the soil, attract beneficial insects such as earthworms, suppress several soil-born diseases, and hold its nutrients in a slow-release form, allowing for availability throughout the growing season. Through composting you enhance your garden’s ability to grow healthy plants while reducing your volume of waste.
Luckily, compost is easy to make with items you would throw away at home. Vegetable scraps, newspapers, cardboard, leaves, and grass clippings all make great compost. Avoid meat scraps and bones, dairy products, or cooked food in order to not attract animals.
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Where to find it?
Compost by the bag:
Coppertree (217) 793-0900 www.coppertreedesigns.com
Greenview Nursery (217) 787-6729 www.greenview.com
Buckley's Prairie Landscaping
Leaves and Grass Clippings:
Often available for free from lawn care companies (see “Businesses and Services”)
Vegetable scraps, newspapers,
coffeegrounds and filters, teabags, and egg shells:
Found at your home!