There are lots of good reasons to compost. Save money, save resources, improve your soil and reduce your impact on the environment. In nature, there is no waste; everything serves a purpose in its lifespan, and returns to the earth to help with the growth of something else.
Adding compost to your garden will not only provide fertilizer for plants, it actually feeds your soil with a diversity of nutrients and microorganisms that will improve soil health. Chemical fertilizers, on the other hand, provide a quick burst of a limited number of nutrients that can wash away into our rivers and streams. Compost also increases soil stability, improves drainage and helps retain moisture.