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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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"These composters provide heat and continually move the compost, and the only organisms involved are the bacteria that are doing the decomposing,'' Tedesco said.
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Durham County Council established its master composter scheme in May 2009 to educate people on the advantages of composting and ensure less waste is sent to landfill.
Taylor: Any type of mechanism that shreds, chops, or pulps enhances the work of the composter. The smaller the particles you're working with, the quicker the composting process operates.
I can't tell you how good I felt when, after the 24-hour start-up period had passed, I began to add the many piles of dog waste into the composter instead of the garbage.
Two composters work year round, but they collect only kitchen scraps in the winter.
Q Can hedge trimmings be composted in a regular composter.
The offer is restricted to one composter per household and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
But giving them away for worm composters provides for a fitting reuse, Cohen said.
I have used outhouses and composters myself, and I have installed them legally and professionally.
Roofed composters offer reduced weather effects, less moisture and leaching from the pile and better working conditions for the operator.