WHAT IS COMPOST?
Compost is simply decomposed or decayed organic matter. Compost is not a type of soil as some people may think but something that is created and this process is called composting. This process happens ‘in the wild’ naturally every day but compost can be man-made. It is widely used as a soil amendment or soil improver; it can be added to soil to promote plant growth without harming soil organisms.
Compost can be produced using a variety of methods and ingredients. It is essentially made from recycled organic products; the products are things you are likely to have readily available in your own garden, kitchen, or local neighbourhood. These are including (but not limited to) grass clippings, kitchen food scraps, leaves, pruned branches, seedless weeds and manures. The manures should ideally be aged rather than fresh and not from animals that eat chemically-treated pasture or have been recently medicated.
When these organic materials are no longer decomposing, they create a rich black substance known as ‘humus’ or ‘black gold’. It’s called black gold for good reason, as it’s a priceless resource for home gardeners and has many benefits!