Let's Make Compost
The Making Of Super Compost
The wheel of life just keeps on turning. From Death comes
new Life. The art of making compost is really a science, nature's science.
As a healing ointment for the soil, Compost is the result of nature's
dedication to balance. Through watching and learning about
the way nature makes compost, we can begin to understand our very own lives
and why things affect us the way they do. From Sir Howard to today, the art of
composting has taken great steps towards a better understanding of the real
process that takes place inside a compost pile.
Purpose of Composting
There are two major reasons for making compost. To
decompose materials down to a more workable and acceptable form.
To combine materials in a favorable manner so as to increase nutritional levels as
well as increase beneficial bacteria activity, which when added to the soil will
increase soil structure.
How Composting works
Bacterial action in a compost pile is the basis
for proper composting. It breaks down the various organic matter,
converting it into compost while giving off heat and steam in the
process. It also makes available trace minerals to the plants. Always
provide plenty of oxygen (by stirring pile, aerate it) and plenty of natural
nitrogen and trace minerals. Water is very important; too much water will drown it and
not enough will kill off the bacteria. There are many different types
of bacteria present in a compost heap depending on time elapsed from the start
of the pile. Different types of bacterial composition will occur throughout
the composting process. The time of year also determines the rate at which the
composting process occurs.
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What's the Difference?
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Compost and Mulch
Do you know the difference between Mulch and Compost?