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Recycle fallen leaves through composting. The organic waste we put back into the environment can be used by other living organisms. Our wastes can become valuable resources. Composting is a natural occurrence in nature. Leaves that fall from a tree, clippings from a lawn, and plants and animals that die are organic materials that breakdown and decompose over time. They result in rich, dark, soil-like material called compost.

Tiny living things do most of the work of breaking down organic materials to form compost. These microorganisms include bacteria and fungi. Animals living in the soil help microorganisms break down organic materials. Worms and pill bugs are examples of soil animals that help change organic waste into compost. As microorganisms and soil animals turn organic materials into compost, they use the organic nutrients are returned to the soil, to be used again by trees, grass, and other plants. The process is nature’s way of composting and recycling. And we can help nature by composting as well.

By composting, we can save 20 to 30 percent of yard waste and food scraps from becoming garbage. Composting helps conserve landfill space not to mention it improves the soil, helps grow the next generation of food, and improves water quality. Compost can be mixed in the soil which results in better gardens, flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, houseplants, and lawns. Compost allows the soil to hold more water and adds nutrients to the soil.

Learn more about composting in our upcoming free webinar “Composting in the Home Garden” on December 3, 2020. Registration is required at the link below.

“Composting in the Home Garden” Webinar Registration

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Joanna Radford, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJoanna RadfordExtension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources Call Joanna Email Joanna N.C. Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center
Posted on Nov 20, 2020
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