The Idea Of Composting Interests Me

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Introduction
Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. The concept of composting interests me. I like how it’s simple and has a good effect on the environment. All composting has three basic ingredients, those are browns, greens and water. Browns consists of materials like dead leaves, branches and twigs. Greens consists of materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds. Having the right amount of all three of these ingredients are important for compost development.
Compost piles should have an equal ratio of browns to greens. Brown materials provide carbon for the compost. Green materials provide nitrogen. The water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.
History of Compost
No one can really trace back the origin of composting to a specific person or society, but it has been mentioned throughout history. The Ancient Akkadian Empire in the Mesopotamian Valley recorded the use of manure on clay tablets. Manure relates to compost because it is organic material and it provides nutrients for soil like compost. Evidence also suggest that Romans, Greeks and the Tribes of Israel knew about compost. The Bible also contain references to the use of rotted manure straw, which is similar to today’s compost piles. Famous writers like William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Bacon, and Sir Walter Raleigh also mention the use of compost.
Benefits of compost were being enjoyed by Native Americans and Early…
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