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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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'If everybody will do compost, we can have successful urban gardening where residents would be able to produce simple vegetables for their consumption," he said.
Ericaceous compost Acid-loving plants including camellia, azalea, rhododendron and heather are best planted using ericaceous compost.
My homemade "state of the art" compost bin was originally constructed from 1-by-12-inch wooden boards, 5 feet long and notched near their ends so that they could be stacked together like Lincoln Logs.
Niazi said that compost was a key ingredient in organic farming as the process of composting simply requires making a heap of whetted organic matter known as green waste (leaves, food waste).
Compost contaminated with persistent herbicides can be difficult to identify.
The present study was executed at Compost Unit, Department of Poultry production, Ravi Campus, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore.
The beneficial effect on yield attributes might be also due to increased supply of all the essential nutrients by vermi compost which might be resulted into improved assimilation of photosynthates, which subsequently partitioning to sink.
On the other hand the European Union (2001) recommend a maximum concentration of total arsenic in compost according (Final report, 2004, commission europea Proyecto ENV.A.2/ETU/2001/24).
Well-made compost is nutrient rich naturally balanced source of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (N-P-K) and a host of beneficial microorganisms.
For readers who may not have composted before, Smith explains how to turn kitchen waste into soil nutrients, either to feed a garden or just to reduce waste.