Compost is the rich, crumbly result of the decomposition of organic matter. It improves all types of soils and benefits flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. A home compost pile reduces the strain on overburdened landfills.
Compost is a gardener's best friend.
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"Good" bacteria, worms and insects thrive in compost-improved soil. These organisms help to aerate soil, break down organic components and suppress plant diseases.
Much of the waste brought to landfills is kitchen and yard waste, including grass clippings, leaves and kitchen scraps--all of which could be composted.
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