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compost heap

a pile of vegetable material which is allowed to break down through decomposition by microorganisms, and is subsequently used to improve the fertility of garden soils.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Small branches and plant debris reduced into smaller pieces before adding them to a compost pile decompose into usable compost at a much faster pace.
Compost piles with different C:N ratios were assembled: T1 (C:N = 40, Elephant grass + 11.5 % castor cake); T2 (C:N = 30, Elephant grass + 18.4% castor cake); T3 (C:N = 20, Elephant grass + 32.9% castor cake); T4 (C:N = 30, Elephant grass + crotalaria [control]).
Color photographs illustrate the design of the farmAEs pond, water basin, large greenhouse, rainwater harvesting system, chicken coop, compost piles, soldier fly digester, and flood irrigation.
The six-week intensive class was entitled something like "Microbiology of a Compost Pile." I had zero interest in science, never done a lick of microbiology, and no idea what a compost pile was.
"Put the scraps on the compost pile." Jack scooped the sandwich ends and apple cores and dumped them on top of the compost pile.
Sources of renewable energy could be hidden in plain sight; global environment class studies heat produced by giant compost piles
It's true that outdoor compost piles and bins can be a draw for wildlife-be it bears, rats, raccoons, skunks, opossums or some other creatures of the night-but there are ways to minimize the attraction.
This guidebook gives instructions on "gardening in garbage" and explains how to grow compost piles that double as planting beds for flowers and vegetables.
My compost piles are near my garden beds and adjacent to a small patch of lawn.
Residents with leftover leaves or other yard debris can recycle them in home compost piles, take them to Lane Forest Products or Rexius Forest By-Products for recycling, or contact their local solid waste haulers for information on the curbside yard debris pickup program.
Half of the infested fruit was placed onto outdoor compost piles and half was maintained under controlled laboratory conditions.