Why Compost

Composting helps the earthThe virtues are obvious if you’re a gardener. What if you’re a person eager to live more sustainably with only so much time to give to the cause?

You can’t do better.

Composting not only reduces the waste you send to the landfill, but converts it into a useful product without requiring additional resources. Meanwhile, using the finished compost in your garden reduces your need for water, fertilizer and pesticides. So your own little parcel of land becomes greener, too.

Any why not?

Contrary to what many compost junkies have led people to believe, you can compost successfully without a serious investment in time, knowledge, money or energy, let alone physical strength. You don’t even need a yard.

Read Compost Now, my new piece for NRDC, to learn more about the benefits and why the so-called obstacles are nothing to hold you back.


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5 Responses to Why Compost

  1. Bonnie Morgan April 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    I want to compliment you on your thoroughness in covering the options available when choosing to compost. Your articles always give me pause and I am a veteran green living advocate; I will be passing this on to many family and friends.

  2. PJ May April 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Hi Sheryl – thank you for your article on composting. I asked for an indoor composter for Christmas this past year and have been very pleased with the results and how easy it is. I think my husband was concerned it would have an odor – and let me assure everyone – it does not. I love getting the rich compost and putting it on my plants – knowing I’m doing something good for them and the environment. I enjoy all your articles and getting educated about living a greener life. Thank you – PJ

  3. J Cross May 5, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    I compost all of the waste from my 2 dogs. I do not use the compost on a vegetable garden or anything edible and it seems to be a great way to get rid of dog waste. I don’t see anything about this in most articles regarding composting. Are there any issues I should be aware of? Thank you

  4. Make Compost May 11, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    So many good reasons to compost. Why not turn a liability into an asset? Because, that’s exactly what composting does – from landfill to garden. And you don’t have to do anything! That’s the beauty of it – low investment, high return.


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