Challenges and Strategies for Applying Compost in Cold Months

winter compost pile with cat

Introduction: As the colder winter months approach, anyone working with compost faces some specific challenges. Compost, crucial for soil health, doesn’t take a break in the cold season. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the hurdles you might encounter when using compost in winter and discuss practical strategies to overcome these challenges, making sure […]

What Is Compost?

The composting process converts organic wastes such as food scraps, yard waste, and municipal biosolids into a stable, nutrient-rich soil amendment called compost. Microorganisms break down organic matter and produce carbon dioxide, water, heat, and, at the end of the composting process, humus-the stable organic end product. The composting process destroys pathogens and weed seeds, […]

Backyard Composting – Tips and Tricks

Compost

As the weather warms up and we head into spring and summer, backyard composting heats up too! Backyard composting is a great way to recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps and create a nutrient-rich amendment for your garden or lawn. There are a few tips to remember when making compost. First is understanding you need […]

Where Does Soil Come From?

Digging into soil

Have you ever wondering where soil comes from? How does it just seemingly appear on the earth’s surface? How long has it been there? How did it get there? Well, there is an acronym that captures all of this: “CLORPT.” This acronym stands for climate, organisms, relief/topography, parent material, and time. These components describe the […]

The Soil is ALIVE

Earthwork in healthy soil

When you first grab a handful of dirt, one might assume it is an inert, dead material made up of crushed rock and maybe a few chemical nutrients. What you may not realize is in that handful of dirt is a vibrant, thriving ecosystem full of predators, prey, microscopic plants, and the beginning of new […]

Industrial Composting – Explained

Windrow Turner working on compost

Introduction In addition to conventional backyard composting that processes household garden clippings and kitchen scraps, commercial composting facilities are increasing in popularity due to their ability to repurpose large volumes of municipal and commercial waste. Among various benefits, industrial composting decreases community-produced greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously enhancing local economies and food systems. There are […]