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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 beds accidentally treated with tainted compost may be rehabilitated by several years of cover cropping with grassy crops such as oats or ryegrass, provided all growth is removed and disposed of each season, either composted for lawn fertilizer, incinerated, or sent to a landfill for disposal.
Sporangial responses do not reflect microbial suppression of Phytophthora drechsleri in composted eucalyptus bark mix.
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About a third of household waste can be composted at home - including kitchen and household waste (egg shells, kitchen paper, fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags and even shredded bank statements) as well as garden waste (grass cuttings, prunings and twigs).
Actually, anything of plant or animal origin can be composted, excluding meat, fish, fats and dairy products, which attract rodents.
They also estimate that it is possible for about half of the total waste stream to be composted.
More time may be needed if a number of large carcasses are composted or if ambient temperatures are low enough to slow the composting process
They continue with advice that yard waste should be composted rather than set out at the curb for collection, and the finished compost should be used for flower beds, vegetable gardens, spread on the lawn, or used in flower boxes or pots.
The representatives provided information about the number of farms composting, the materials composted, composting methods, how the compost is used, and motivating and impeding factors for farms to compost.
In the United States, as recently as 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the percentage of yard wastc composted in the entire country as "negligible.
When soiled paper, which cannot be recycled, is included, the total proportion of the waste stream that can be composted is close to 70 percent.