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Building Healthy Soil with Compost - May 2020

Soil is a living ecosystem – a single tablespoon can contain billions of organisms. The healthier our soil, the more resilient our gardens, landscapes and farmlands are. Utilizing compost is the simplest way to create a beneficial environment for growing healthy, disease resistant plants.

Using compost:

  • Fosters living soils that contain high levels of organic matter.
  • Saves water by helping the soil absorb and hold moisture.
  • Increases carbon sequestration by stimulating plant growth and soil microbial activity.
  • Improves crop yields.
  • Recycles valuable organic resources and keeps them out of landfills.

For more information on how to make your own compost or where to buy compost in bulk or in bags, visit www.StopWaste.org/gardening.