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compost,

substance composed mainly of partly decayed organic material that is applied to fertilize the soil and to increase its humushumus
, organic matter that has decayed to a relatively stable, amorphous state. It is an important biological constituent of fertile soil. Humus is formed by the decomposing action of soil microorganisms (e.g.
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 content; it is often used in vegetable farming, home gardens, flower beds, lawns, and greenhouses. Compost usually is made from plant materials (e.g., grass clippings, vegetable tops, garden weeds, hay, tree leaves, sawdust, and peat) together with manure and some soil; lime, superphosphatessuperphosphate
or superphosphate of lime,
Ca(H2PO4)2, is a compound produced by treating rock phosphate with sulfuric acid or phosphoric acid, or a mixture of the two.
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, and nitrogen fertilizers are often added with manure to reinforce the compost and hasten its decomposition.

Compost

Process whereby organic wastes, including food wastes, paper, and yard wastes, decompose naturally, resulting in a product rich in minerals and ideal for gardening and farming as a soil conditioner, mulch, resurfacing material, or landfill cover

compost

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(materials)
A mixture of decaying organic matter used to fertilize and condition the soil.

compost

A mixture usually consisting largely of decomposed organic material; used for fertilizing soil.

compost

a mixture, normally of plant remains, peat, charcoal, etc., in which plants are grown, esp in pots
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Garden crops, shrubs, and other broadleaf plants mulched with tainted compost can quickly show abnormal, weak growth, eventually failing and dying.
After the completion of each phase, five random samples of compost material were collected and analyzed for above said analysis.
The compost is applied for the recovering or remedying soils, and will be affected by the weather process (rain and irrigation).
It takes nine to 12 months for compost to become ready to use, so be prepared to wait a while.
Once your compost pile is established, add new materials by mixing them in, rather than by adding them in layers.
ramorum may have a high survival rate in finished compost if reached by dispersal propagules that may be transported by wind or water from fresh green waste or infectious plants within or near composting facilities.
Based on these three composts, however, the chicken manure compost contains higher level of fulvic and humic compounds in comparison with composts derived from Centosema pubercens and the elephant grass.
The New York City Compost Project, funded and managed by the city sanitation department, teaches communities about composting, offers technical support and sells inexpensive, apartment-friendly vermicomposters -- basically small plastic containers topped with a screen or ventilated lid.
Ambient temperature around the compost bins and the temperature within each pile were measured daily at 9:00 AM and 16:00 PM.
The free compost will enrich borders and vegetable patches, can be used to plant up patio containers and act as a soil conditioner to improve your lawn.
That set-up produced lots of rich compost with worm castings.