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The Green, Brown, and Beautiful Story of Compost
George Washington was America's first composter, but the history of amending the soil to grow better crops goes back to prehistory.
Compost is a hot commodity these days. A nutrient-rich organic soil amendment, the so-called black gold—named for its dark color—is growing in popularity as Millenials discover the joy of gardening and increasingly embrace sustainable practices.
The benefits of compost are many: It recycles organic materials and reduces waste, replenishes depleted soils, and improves soil health . Though it takes different forms, composting can be done in nearly any environment. In an age of profligate food production and consumption, composting offers a solution for recouping some benefit from massive food waste.
For many nouveau gardeners, composting may be a fairly new concept. However, a dive into the history books shows the practice has been around as long as