Why should people have a compost bin in their backyard?

There are several good reasons why people should have a compost bin in their backyard:

1. Reduce waste: Composting is an effective way to reduce the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfills. By composting at home, you can divert food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials from the trash, which can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve landfill space.

2. Improve soil health: Compost is a natural fertilizer that can improve the health of the soil in your garden. It can help to retain moisture, improve soil structure, and increase the availability of nutrients for plants. Compost also contains beneficial microorganisms that can help suppress plant diseases and pests.

3. Save money: By composting at home, you can reduce your need for store-bought fertilizers and soil amendments. This can save you money over time and help to reduce the environmental impact of commercial fertilizers.

4. Promote sustainability: Composting is a sustainable practice that can help to promote a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. By composting, you can reduce your carbon footprint, conserve resources, and contribute to a healthier planet.

Overall, having a compost bin in your backyard is a simple and effective way to reduce waste, improve soil health, save money, and promote sustainability.

A poem about backyard composting

In the backyard, where the earth is alive,
Lies a compost pile, where the waste will thrive.
The scraps of food, the leaves and the grass,
Will decompose, and turn into black gold at last.

The pile is hot, as the microorganisms do their work,
Breaking down the matter, with a natural quirk.
The worms and bugs, they wriggle and crawl,
Feasting on the scraps, and breaking them down small.

The compost heap is a treasure trove,
A gift from nature,that we should all love.
It nourishes the soil, and feeds the plants,
Creating a cycle, that nature so plants.

So let's tend to our compost, with care and with love,
And watch as it transforms, into something above.
For in the backyard, where the earth is alive,
Lies a compost pile, where the magic will thrive.

Simple Instructions

Here's Jeff Brown from BrandBuilders giving simple instructions on how to put together your composter and how to compost - 7 minutes 40 seconds

Easy Backyard Composting

Dive Into Compost with Terri Cain

Dive Into Compost Presentation by Terri Cain, CT Master Composter, Sustainable Guilford Taskforce, Guilford Community Garden Co-Founder and Manager - 19 minutes

Advanced Composting

Here's Domingo Medina explaining the science behind advanced composting. - 10 minutes