Cornell Waste Management Institute http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/compostbrochure.pdf 1 2005 What is Compost?
T HE C OMPOSTING P ROCESS : Compost Maturity Defining the Issue Defining the Issue Compost maturity was chosen as one of the parameters for determining the grade of compost in Canada because it is so important to product performance.
Compost quality is dependent on feedstock characteristics and the composting process. Generally, biosolids have a higher nutrient concentration than compost that is made with biosolids because of the addition of low nutrient wood waste feedstock material as a carbon source.
Why Use Compost? If you use compost, you can save time and money. Compost improves low quality soils by adding organic matter and nutrients. Plants grown in good soil are healthier and have greater resistance to diseases and insects.
1 Compost - A Guide for Evaluating and Using Compost Materials as Soil Amendments By William Darlington, Consultant Soil & Plant Laboratory, Inc., Orange Office (714) 282-8777 C ompost is defined as the product resulting from the controlled biological decomposition of organic material.
HOW MUCH COMPOST TO APPLY Plant/Soil Application Compost Application Rate General Soil Enrichment 1/2" to 3" into top 4" of soil New Lawns 1" - 2" mixed into top 4" - 6"of soil Topdressing for existing lawns 1/8" - 1/4" screened compost spread uniformly Topdressing for vegetables, flowers, & shrubs 1" - 2 ...
Vegetable Gardens KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION AND COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE By Charles Marr Extension Specialist Compost is a mixture of soil and decayed organic matter or humus that is used to improve garden and potting soil.
One of the many benefits of adding compost to the soil is that the nutrients in it are slowly released to the soil and are then available for use by plants.
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What is Compost? You've heard about this stuff called "compost" that people make out of their lawn and kitchen scraps. You might have tried to make some, with varied results.