To understand how compost works, we must first understand what compost is… Compost – noun 1. The product resulting from the controlled biological decomposition of organic material that has been sanitized through the generation of heat and stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth. And how is compost produced? (From the US …Read More about How Compost Works
Composting, especially in this day and age, just makes good sense. The practice represents a responsible way to handle waste and reduce our burden on landfills and the environment. Of course, it has a host of benefits for the garden as well. In the Lab, we focus our discussion on several of the core benefits …Read More about The Value of Compost
The vermiculture and composting stations were the first two learning stations to come online at our flagship Edible Learning Lab in Wyoming. I plowed through the lessons in those two curricula quickly as the hot composting and vermicomposting processes unfolded before our very eyes. The students were eager to step outside their comfort zones, to …Read More about Smell Testing Compost
Carbon:Nitrogen Ratio Carbon (browns) and Nitrogen (greens) are both critical elements of a healthy compost. Carbon is an abundant, naturally occurring element that forms the basis of most living organisms. Nitrogen is a gaseous element that exists in plant and animal tissues and is released in decomposition. It’s important that balance between carbon and nitrogen …Read More about Browns and Greens: Understanding Carbon and Nitrogen in the Composting Process
Probably the most common question I get about composting is, “What can I compost?“. The second most common would be, “What shouldn’t go in the compost?”. For those that are new to composting the answers aren’t always obvious. You know you should be composting vegetable scraps from the kitchen but what about bread, cheese or …Read More about What can I compost?