Compost-ology: the Science of Composting & Vermicomposting

Trees in a forestComposting is nature's way of recycling organic materials.

All living things are organic and will naturally decompose. In natural systems, dead plants and animals fall to the ground and are decomposed by bacteria, fungi and other organisms. When people manage this process to turn organic materials into soil amendments, it is called composting.Compost is the dark, loose, earthy-smelling material found on the forest floor, under the grass in a meadow and under a pile of old leaves in your garden.

Compost includes both stabilized organic material and the living organisms which continually recycle nutrients from dead plants and animals. The finished compost and the organisms that make it are each vital to the health of plants, soil and entire ecosystems.

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