What is compost?

At the simplest level, compost is wet organic waste such as leaves and food waste that has broken down over a period of weeks or months.

Compost is rich in nutrients and is used as a fertilizer aswell as a soil conditioner, and as a natural pesticide. Compost is used in many different aspects of life such as erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill covers.



This product is mushroom compost with a pH of around 6 or 7, give or take .5. Lab tests rate this product from very good to excellent in NKP (ppm rates). It is able to absorb water, allowing for up to 80 percent of its weight. Clay only allows for 15 percent. Humus is used in preparing holes for planting vegetable gardens, ornamental shrubbery, and flowerbeds. It is also often used as a topdressing when seeding or sodding your lawn.


Typical composting nowadays is a multi-step process that uses measured amounts of water and air, along with nitrogen and carbon-rich materials. The decomposition process is nurtured by adding shredded plant matter, water and being turned regularly. Worms and fungi further break up the material.