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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.
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Business owners are also required to adopt composting methods.
Dudley Council is encouraging residents as part of the International Composting Awareness Week - which runs from May 5.
Decomposers are essential to the composting process.
The two most important foodstuffs of composting microorganisms are carbon and nitrogen.
Several methods are being applied for the disposal of poultry carcasses, including burial, incineration, composting and rendering with some advantages and disadvantages.
Composting can be a great garden activity for you and the children and you can spread the results over soil to help give plants plenty of nutrients
Mixing, or turning, the compost pile is key to aerating the composting materials and speeding the process to completion.
The composting process can eradicate even the toughest resting propagules commonly produced by P.
A good tip with fallen leaves is to use a lawnmower to collect them and this shreds them, helping with the composting process.
The three types of commercially marketed compost "accelerators" and "activators" are based on microorganisms, nitrogen, or herbs prescribed for biodynamic composting, and you can easily add any of those substances to your compost without spending money on a store-bought product.
For those who want to start composting in their homes, the cheapest method is vermicomposting, which can be done in a small container using, yes, worms.