Gardening is a great weekend activity for homeowners who want to keep their yards looking clean and attractive, and it is becoming a more popular hobby. Almost 50% of people in the U.S. have gardened in the past year. Gardening can improve your home’s value, contribute to landscaping designs and, depending on what you plant, it can save you money. Homeowners that spend just $70 on their vegetable garden can get $530 back in produce every season. Often times homeowners find it difficult to keep their landscaping costs down while maintaining a well-kept, good-looking garden. However, simply changing the type and source of soil used in gardening projects throughout the yard can cut costs and help plants grow. But how?

What is Organic Compost?

Simply put, compost is decomposed organic material, but it makes a great alternative to store-bought soil. Homeowners can create their very own compost pile in their backyard by disposing of food scraps, leaves and twigs in an organized manner. Organic composting containers can be purchased at a store that sells gardening and landscaping supplies, or they can be made at home. Once the container is set up in the back yard, a mixture of organic material can be continually added and turned to create the perfect organic compost for all of your gardening needs.

Why Compost?

Composting has a number of benefits for gardeners. First of all, it makes the perfect soil to plant flowers and vegetables in. Organic compost is high in nutrients, and when mixed with other soil, it increases the nutrient content and helps retain moisture, which is essential to growing healthy plants. Using compost for gardening can help plants grow to their full potential. Composting also saves gardeners money. The cost of store-bought soil can add up after a while, whereas growing your own soil is free. Last but not least, composting is good for the environment. Repurposing materials reduces the amount of pollution in landfills, and it has also been shown to prevent erosion.

More and more people in the U.S. are picking up gardening, with many starting to grow their own vegetables. There was a nearly 20% increase in home vegetable gardens between 2008 and 2009, and this number is growing. Compost is one of the best ways to help these vegetable gardens and other plants grow strong and healthy.