Compost Improves Your Soil
Composting creates nutrients that when added to ordinary soil help to increase plant growth and health. The nutrients contained in compost are often absent in store bought fertilizers. Plant growth is more productive when provided a nutrient rich base for growing. Root penetration is better when compost is present as well.
Compost also improves the soil's ability to retain moisture and stabilize temperature. Erratic temperature changes are detrimental to plant growth. Compost battles this problem with its dark color, absorbing heat and keeping root growth insulated through changes in temperature. Also, water dispersion and run off are decreased. Compost helps to retain the proper moisture level, an aspect critical to healthy plant growth.
Composting Saves Money
As mentioned, compost is a superior alternative to synthetic fertilizer. Money can be saved by turning your otherwise discarded waste into useful compost rather than purchasing expensive commercial fertilizer.
You can use compost to help grow fruits and vegetables, decreasing the amount of produce you purchase from grocery stores. As an additional benefit, the food you grow will be truly organic, since it was grown without the help of synthetic fertilizers. This can be considered an additional cost saving since stores tend to charge more for organically grown products.
Composting Is Fun!
Composting, and using your compost to grow plants and vegetables can create a sense of self reliance. It doesn't take much effort to change the habits necessary to create a successful compost pile. Once you do, you are sure to enjoy the result.
Also, children can get into the habit of composting early. It is a process that kids are naturally drawn to, especially since it involves playing in dirt! Children can learn a lot about how nature works by observing and participating in the creation of a compost pile. This also can instill a sense of responsibility toward the environment and create good waste management habits early.