You’ve probably heard that making your own garden compost in a home compost bin saves you money because that’s one less thing you need to go out and buy at the local garden center. But, did you ever wonder exactly why you use compost in the first place? Initially, that may sound like a dumb question, but it’s really not. Gardeners use compost because it’s good for growing plants, but there’s more to it than just that. Here are just a couple of reasons why you’re using compost in your garden:
Compost is good for soil. As any gardener will tell you, not all soil is good soil. Meaning, not all soil is ideal for growing and maintaining a hardy garden. Because compost is rich in nutrients and helpful bacteria and fungi, it can improve the quality of existing soil and create a more inviting home for growing plants.
Compost prevents pests and diseases. Compost “has also been shown to suppress plant diseases and pests, reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, and promote higher yields of agricultural crops,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Maybe it’s enough to know that compost is good for growing plants, but understanding why can help gardeners appreciate compost all the more.