Now that it is officially spring and the snow is melting, its time to start planning ahead for your gardens this spring and summer. This growing season consider using NorGrow compost in your gardens.
The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George collects yard and garden waste from the community and composts it into a Class A compost material. This compost is available for purchase from the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill, and it is an excellent way to support local waste diversion initiatives while improving your garden.
If you’re a gardener, you know that healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. Adding compost to your soil can improve its texture, fertility, and water retention.
Here are some of the many benefits to using NorGrow compost:
- NorGrow compost improves soil structure by adding organic matter. Organic matter helps to loosen soil and improve drainage in clay soils while improving water-holding capacity in sandy soils. By adding compost to your garden, you can create a soil structure that is better able to support healthy plant growth.
- NorGrow compost is rich in nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients are essential for plant growth, and adding compost to your garden can help to ensure that your plants have access to the nutrients they need. Additionally, compost provides micronutrients and trace minerals such as that are not found in synthetic fertilizers.
- NorGrow compost is home to a wide variety of beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. These microorganisms play an important role in breaking down organic matter and making nutrients available to plants. Adding compost to your garden can increase the number and diversity of these microorganisms, leading to healthier soil and plants.
NorGrow compost is more than just a soil amendment though, it can be used to top dress your lawn and act as a slow-release fertilizer or be used instead of mulch around the base of trees or in other landscaping projects.
NorGrow isn’t just about compost. In addition to creating a class A compost, the NorGrow program also helps the Regional District reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as well as extend the lifespan of the Landfill.
Yard Waste Studies
In 2018 the Regional District conducted a waste characterization study and found that 24% of garbage from a single family source was yard and garden waste. This yard waste, if buried at the landfill, decomposes into methane which is a potent greenhouse gas and takes up valuable space. By converting this material into compost, the Regional District can divert it from the landfill, reducing methane emissions and extending the lifespan of the landfill.
Reduce Your Environmental Footprint
The NorGrow program also provides an opportunity for residents and businesses to reduce their environmental impact by diverting their organic waste from the landfill and contributing to the creation of a valuable soil amendment.
The start of NorGrow sales will be announced on the Sort Smart website at www.sortsmart.ca/norgrow/where-to-buy/