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 Raw, Hot and Finished Compost

There are three stages of compost:

  1. Raw compost materials:
  2. Hot, decomposing compost:
  3. Finished compost:

Raw Compost Materials:

The materials you collect and use for composting is raw compost. The process of decomposition has not yet occurred. So the valuable minerals and nutrients are not yet available to your plants.

Hot, Decomposing Compost:

As compost materials begin to decompose it is often called "Hot" for two reasons. First, decomposing compost is generally very high in nitrogen, which in high concentrations can burn your plants.

Secondly, the process of decomposition, produces heat. The heat can get so high that the pile ignites. Don't worry. This rarely happens in home composting. But, it is not uncommon in large town composting piles.  

Finished Compost:

Your compost is finished, when the materials have broken down and decomposed into very small particles. The material is soft, looking a lot like peat moss.

It is now ready for use in your yard and garden as a mulch, or to feed your plants.

Tip: It's a good idea to test the ph of the finished compost.

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