Every gardener knows that compost is good for your plants but did you know that over 40% (ABS) of solid waste in landfill in Australia could have been composted? Or that using compost is actually water efficient? If you answered no, that’s ok because this week is International Compost Awareness Week which gives you a great opportunity to get your hands dirty and take a more in depth look into composting.

Each Australian produces around 180 kg on average every year worth of food and garden waste. This presents a massive opportunity for using that waste to build a lush, healthy garden.

Some of the benefits of composting:Compost bin

  • Saves up to 25% of water as the soil holds more moisture
  • Increases the nutrient content in the soil giving plants food to grow
  • Attracts worms
  • Cuts down on the amount of waste going to landfill
  • Improves the structure of the soil
  • Helps water to infiltrate the soil, reducing run-off and erosion
  • Improves plant growth and resistance to diseases

Improving your compost:

Check out this video on some great tips to improve your compost.

Are you using compost at home? What are some helpful things that you’ve learnt?