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Soiled Again! The Compost Revolution

An organic recycling process, designed by Mother Nature herself.

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Composting isn't as confounding as it seems. By definition, composting is the facilitated process of organic matter converting to soil. This decomposition process occurs in nature perpetually, but by using certain vessels and techniques, farmers and gardeners can expedite the process, quickly turning out lush, nutrient-rich soil from vegetable scraps, yard trimmings, and livestock manure. Fungal and bacterial microbes are employed to break down organic matter into simpler compounds, and their productivity levels depend on a range of environmental factors, like temperature, oxygen, moisture and even the carbon-nitrogen ratio (the microbes usually prefer it 30:1, in case you're curious). There are several composting methods, like hot and cold composting, backyard composting, and worm composting; the best one for you depends on how much you wish to compost and what kind of matter you wish to compost. When home-chefs aren't using scraps for stocks or pickling, a small, manageable compost bin set in the backyard will reward them with a good bit of healthy soil for a small garden or flower box.

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But why put in the extra effort? Other than saving you money and time in purchasing 100% organic fertilizer and a few extra trips to the dumpster (nearly a third of our waste could be composted!), composting results in healthy, nutrient-dense soil. This "black gold" is not only abundant in minerals and compounds that let plants thrive, but also particularly apt to remain chemically balanced. The soil from compost materials is much more porous, which results in better water drainage as well as more controlled release of nutrients. To top it off, this soil is naturally resistant to many common pests and diseases. Healthy soil means healthy plants, and nutrient-rich soil means nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. That's right- the rewards for composting don't end with strong roots and brilliant fruits... they circle back to us in the form of flavor and nutrition.

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PeachDish is proud to partner with Compostwheels, an Atlanta-based company that picks up organic scraps from company offices and residential households, converts it to healthy soil, and distributes that soil to farmers so they can use it to grow healthy plants. Visit their website to view their pick-up options and join the compost revolution!

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