Compost is produced from the controlled biological decomposition of organic matter.¬† The benefits of compost are significant and varied.¬† Benefits are long-term and related to the product’s organic matter content.
What is Compost?
- Organic resource able to improve the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of soils
- Bears little resemblance to the raw material from which it originated
- Sanitized through the generation of heat
- Stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth
- Extremely versatile and beneficial
- Improves the properties of soils and growing media in three key ways:
- Physically (structurally)
- Chemically (nutritionally)
How is Compost Produced?
- Produced through the activity of aerobic microorganisms
- Aerobic microbes require oxygen and food in order to grow and mutiply
- When these factors are maintained at optimal levels, the natural decomposition process is greatly accelerated
- The microbes generate heat, water vapor and carbon dioxide as they transform raw materials into compost
- Active composting is typically characterized by:
- A high-temperature phase that sanitizes the product and allows a high rate of decomposition
- A lower-temperature phase that allows the product to stabilize while still decomposing at a lower rate