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The Environmental Commission of the Borough of Westville, Gloucester County, New Jersey, promotes conservation and development of the Borough’s natural resources, study and provides educational leadership in all areas of environmental concern, instill community pride by creating awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment through education and participation, and make recommendations to the various governing bodies.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Composting: The Gardeners Black Gold

What is Composting?
Composting is the process of recycling old plants, vegetable matter, yard waste and dead leaves and turning them into a nutrient rich, soft brown material known as compost, a gardener’s “black gold”.

Uses for Compost
Compost has many uses in your garden and lawn.
When setting out seedlings and plants, fill the planting hole with compost.
Side dress plants with compost. It will act as mulch, and every time it rains nutrients will leach into the plant roots to nourish them.
Spread an inch or two over your lawn to fertilize it.

Benefits of Using Compost
Produce healthier plants, thus reducing or eliminating the need to buy commercial fertilizers or pesticides.
Saves you money – you don’t have to buy fertilizers
Lightens heavy or clay soils
Increases the water-holding capacity of sandy soils
Encourages healthy populations of helpful soil organisms
Provides nutrients for plants and crops
Improves the soil’s moisture retention, which reduces the need to water
Improves soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development in plants

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