What is Compost?

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, compost is “a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land.”

Simply put, compost is what is left behind by organisms that eat dead things. Biologists call these organisms scavengers and “decomposers.”  Gardeners who create optimal growing conditions for decomposers benefit from converting dead plant material and manure into a desirable earthy substance that provides nutrients and improved soil for plant growth.


About Caliche Chick

I retired from a career as an Environmental Scientist and Botanist. My first career was teaching science and English as a Second Language (ESL), and content classes for ESL students at the middle school level. I also taught introductory biology at the community college level. I have an avid interest in plants that grow with little to no irrigation. I also keep a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and back yard chickens. When I am not in my yard, I am taking Construction Technology Classes at Victor Valley College and working on my "fixer upper" home.
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