Remember this 80s ad?
It was a regular on our screens and was so interesting to see a husband's love for his wife getting measured by the choice of a pressure cooker!
When I thought of convincing gardeners to start composting, I couldn't help mouthing the words from this ad!
Jo Gardening Se Kare Pyaar, Wo Composting Se Kaise Kare Inkaar? (How can you say no to composting, if you love gardening?)
If you love plants and like pottering around in the garden, sooner or later, you'll consider composting. Composting and gardening are joined at the hip.:)
Here's why you should start home-composting if you're into gardening:
1. Compost makes the soil healthy
Compost adds organic matter to the soil which in turn improves the structure and water-retention ability of the soil. Though compost is not a fertilizer, it has immense nutritional benefits for plants.
I've heard many gardening tips like burying potato peels near plants or watering them with banana-peels-infused-water. It's about growing healthier plants.
2. Free compost, yay!
Even if you don't want to invest a dime on composting equipment, you can still compost and reap healthy benefits for your garden. Read my post on how to get started here.
You can sure buy compost from stores but if you make it at home, you can not only save some bucks but also control the quality of compost, which brings me to the next point -
3. All those organic peels, organic compost doth make
If you're into gardening, chances are that you like to eat organic. What about giving your soil some of that organic love too?
Dumping organic peels into landfills is like making a villain out of a hero. Let me explain.
Fruit and veggie leftovers, when trashed in a landfill, produce methane, a greenhouse gas that leads to global warming.
The same leftovers, when composted, add to the nutritional value of soil, which help you grow luscious tomatoes and carrots.
If the veggie remains are derived from organic produce, your compost will be organic, which in turn will help you grow organic produce. Aha!
4. Surprise, Surprise!!
Love surprises? Compost always has something up its sleeve:)
I added compost to my potted plants and in a few days, I had tomato, papaya, watermelon, pumpkin and even mango saplings peeking out at me:)
Seeds from fruits and veggies that you eat, generally survive in the compost. They germinate whenever conditions are conducive. Tada -free saplings! I got a lot of tomato, papaya and cantaloupe saplings this way last year. This can be a nuisance for some as they have to weed the saplings out.
You can even sneak a few seeds of your choice in the compost and who knows, you might get the desired saplings without actually sowing the seeds separately.
5. You're a natural
If you're into gardening, you don't shy away from soil, organic matter and a few bugs:) Neither do you shy away from hard work and patience.
You're good at soil-speak and plant-speak and are already a natural! Composting will come easily to you. You just need to get started :)
So what are you waiting for? If it's shubh muhurtham that's holding you back, let me tell you that it's National Learn About Composting Day on May 29th. No better timing than that:)