A Taste of Compost – Why You Should Start Gardening

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Finding your GladSpace, the mental happy place or outdoor happy place where you feel at home, can be achieved through gardening. Gardening connects us to our roots – literally and metaphorically – and provides therapeutic benefits for our minds and bodies. Learning more about soil can help you appreciate the world around you. Soil also has antidepressant properties so getting your hands dirty with soil is scientifically proven to improve your mental health!

One of the tricks to creating a glorious, thriving garden is to use compost. Not only is it better for the environment to reduce the amount of waste that you throw in your garbage can and send to the landfill, but compost can significantly improve the quality of your garden. Compost contains organic nutrients necessary for plants and vegetables to grow vibrantly. The natural nutrients in compost are released slowly allowing the growing plants use them at optimal times to enhance their growth. Compost releases nutrients slowly when plants are small, and more quickly as soil temperatures increase. Soil micro organisms that relinquish nutrients from compost work harder as soil temperatures increase. This is an important fact about compost that chemical fertilizer companies have reproduced – by marketing their products as “time-released” supplements.

The more variety of materials used in compost means the nutrients will have greater variety as well.This is important as plants and vegetables require a well-rounded diet of nutritional foods in order to grow. Major elements in compost include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and many other minor elements in micronutrients including iron, manganese, boron, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and iodine. Manure and compost usually contain a balanced amount of minor elements which provide excellent growing conditions for gardens and plants.

This information gives you a taste of how important compost is for creating a healthy garden. It also reminds you about the intricacies of the natural world that are available at your fingertips if you would simply go outside and explore! Get your hands dirty with soil and see if you feel more connected to nature – because after all, humans are not separate from nature we are an integral part of the natural world. Getting outside and educating yourself about natural processes in the world – including basic gardening and composting techniques – can spark your interest in living a more natural, simple lifestyle where you’re focused on things that are good for you, make you happy, and benefit the environment. Feel good about yourself, your hobbies, and the food you’re providing to your families by starting a garden. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with your life right now, what do you have to lose by going outside in your backyard and planting a few seeds? It’s a miracle to watch them sprout and transform into food. Share this experience with your family and friends. Reconnecting with nature improves your mood and helps you find your GladSpace – mentally, environmentally, and socially. Enjoy!

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