The Science of Composting

The process of how compost is made – and how it benefits soil and plants – is fascinating. It’s also useful, as an awareness can help you create faster compost, better soil and healthy, luxurious plants.

If you’re new to the science of composting, we suggest starting with The Science of Compost – How Compost Happens!

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23 Benefits of Compost Backed by Science

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt There was a time when scientists thought agriculture was simple.  You added fertilisers, plants used the fertilisers to grow.  But the more we study the soil, and the environment, the more we learn about the interconnection between soil, plants and food  It’s a fascinating, …

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An A-Z of Composting

You don’t need an in-depth understanding of composting terms in order to compost successfully. But if you’re keen on developing your composting skills and knowledge, and understanding of key terms can quickly come in useful. In this post we explain many of the terms used in more in-depth guides. Do note we haven’t included bins, …

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The Essential Role of the Carbon – Nitrogen Ratio in Composting

If you read much about composting, you’ll soon come across the terms carbon:nitrogen ratio (often shortened to C:N ratio). Everything you put in your compost has a different C:N ratio. Materials such as grass and manure, known as ‘greens’, have a higher level of nitrogen, and ‘brown’ materials, such as paper, have a higher level …

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