As Master Gardeners we should be aware that the condition of our soil is vital to the healthy growth of our plants. In general, soil consists of organic matter (derived from living organisms), mineral matter (inorganic), water, and air. Organic and mineral matters are the solids in the soil and may occupy up to 75% of the total soil volume.
Organic matter is crucial to plant growth because it:
Natural plant growth uses up this organic material; therefore, it is important that it be replaced to insure proper soil maintenance. Nature has been taking care of this rebuilding process since the beginning of life on Earth by decaying any living organism that dies and falls to the ground. The result of this decomposition (compost) returns to the soil most of the nutrients that the living organism contained.
All of life is part of a continuing pattern that
should not be interrupted. As human beings we reap things from the land, and giving back to the land is every bit as vital as taking
from it. Compost is natures best continuing effort to rebuild fertile, productive soil. Before the growth of civilization in
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NATURE RECYCLES (First in a Three-part Series)