Contributed by DG:
“From the UAF:
Composting is a wonderful way for gardeners to convert unwanted organic waste, such as leaves, branches and old stalks from the garden, into “black gold” for the soil. Compost incorporated into the soil improves drainage and water retention by improving soil structure. As the compost breaks down,
it slowly releases nutrients to the plant roots and the soil food web. Compost applied above the soil around growing plants acts as a mulch to keep out weeds, while decreasing water loss due to evaporation. In addition to benefiting the garden, composting can decrease the amount of organic material that ends up in the landfill.
Download the free publication (PDF format) titled “Composting in Alaska” from UAF at cespubs.uaf.edu/index.php/download_file/1378/”