COMPOST: Life after death

As cited by many, “Compost is a proof that there is life after death”, we can clearly apprehend its importance. Compost acts as a natural fertilizer and is quite manageable. It improves soil structure, which refers to the way inorganic particles combine with decayed organic particles, like humus. A good soil structure is beneficial and allows water and air to move freely. Adding compost to gardens has been a tradition since ancient times and should still be pursued as a practice.

“Compost is a proof that there is life after death”

Composting can be done effortlessly; all one has to do is to accumulate a heap of wet organic matter and wait for around a period of 90 days for it to form into humus. Compost requires four important ingredients to work in the right amounts: Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and water. The air-water balance is critical to maintain until the material has broken down. The Carbon-Nitrogen ratio should be 10:1 for an easy decomposition. The blend also demands a mixture of materials at any point in the process.

When the organic material breaks down, it produces a community of organisms that live in the soil, from microorganisms like fungi and bacteria to macroorganisms like earthworms and beetles. Although crawling organisms do not sound that appealing, they are essential for healthy soil. So, composting is yet another way of paying back to Mother Earth in an eco friendly way!