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''''Compost'''' is the end product of the action of [[Composting]]. Produced by the disassembling of organic products by aerobic micro-organisms it is a brown organic substance containing humus and substantial nutrients. It is often mistakenly compared to [[soil]] however it contains none of the inorganic particles of soil and is eventually completly broken down to it's constituent nutrients and absorbed by plants or leached into the soil.
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'''Compost''' is the end product of the [[composting]] process. Produced by the disassembling of organic products by aerobic micro-organisms it is a brown organic substance containing [[humus]] and substantial nutrients. It is often mistakenly compared to [[soil]] however it contains none of the inorganic particles of soil and is eventually completely broken down to it's constituent nutrients and absorbed by plants or leached into the soil.


Compost is a highly valued resource for gardners and alotment growers. As a free and natural substitute to commerical inorganic fertilizer it has the following benefits:
Compost is a highly valued resource for gardeners and allotment growers. As a free and natural substitute to commercial inorganic fertilizer it has the following benefits:


# A gentle and balanced fertilizer with a full compliment of nutrients for all plants
# A gentle and balanced fertilizer with a full compliment of nutrients for all plants
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# Returns to the soil nutrients lost to growing plants
# Returns to the soil nutrients lost to growing plants
# Provides a simple way to recycle garden waste
# Provides a simple way to recycle garden waste
# By composting kitchen waste it helps to avoid release of Methane by anerobic digestion of foods at the dump.
# By composting kitchen waste it helps avoiding the release of [[methane]] (a potent greenhouse gas) caused by anaerobic digestion of foods at the dump.


==See Also==
==See Also==
*[[Composting]]
*[[Composting]]
*[[Composting#Building a compost heap|Building a compost heap]]

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Compost is the end product of the composting process. Produced by the disassembling of organic products by aerobic micro-organisms it is a brown organic substance containing humus and substantial nutrients. It is often mistakenly compared to soil however it contains none of the inorganic particles of soil and is eventually completely broken down to it's constituent nutrients and absorbed by plants or leached into the soil.

Compost is a highly valued resource for gardeners and allotment growers. As a free and natural substitute to commercial inorganic fertilizer it has the following benefits:

  1. A gentle and balanced fertilizer with a full compliment of nutrients for all plants
  2. Humus in the compost improves the texture of existing soils helping drainage and increasing aeration of roots.
  3. Returns to the soil nutrients lost to growing plants
  4. Provides a simple way to recycle garden waste
  5. By composting kitchen waste it helps avoiding the release of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) caused by anaerobic digestion of foods at the dump.

See Also