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What is Composting?

Making compost is a sped-up way of imitating nature's cycle of life and death. The end product in the composting process is a dark, loose, partially decomposed, amorphous form of organic matter that reveals no hint of its origin. The only difference between finished compost and forest humus created by nature is time.

The actions of various micro-organisms and invertebrates convert raw organic matter in a compost pile into finished compost. Maximum decomposition occurs when these organisms are exposed to an appropriate balance of oxygen, moisture, and nutrients. Products of the composting process include finished compost, carbon dioxide, heat, and water.

The PDF below has helpful information for starting your own backyard compost.