Why Compost

There are as many reasons to compost waste as there are to look for waste to compost.

Eventually I hope to compile a summary of the benefits with respect

to waste management, fertility building, biodiversity and global warming

Natural Cycles and the fate of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulphur in those cycles.

agriculture: a story of exporting fertility and diminishing returns

the misalignment of the farmers calendar and the microbial schedule

effects of direct chemical fertilisation on humus building and soil fertility.

 

the effect of composting on the organic material:

increasing the rate of mineralisation,

minimising losses and maximising efficiency

converting humus to microbial biomass

utilisation in agriculture

use in managing nitrogen inputs in field situations

 

next: What is Compost?

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