Compost

The Farmyard Organics composting process completes nature’s cycle by returning organic wastes to the soil.

Your spring and autumn soil preparation will determine your gardening success. The wise gardener will look to improve the level of organic matter (or humus) in their soil. The benefits of organic matter include:

  • Permeability (easier to work with)
  • Water retention (less watering required)
  • Optimum nutrient levels (healthier plants)
  • Good seed germination (even germination)
  • Proper root development (healthier plants)
  • Disease suppression (healthier plants)

Only a high quality compost provides all these.

The combination of a carbon source, a nitrogen source and a supply of oxygen in compost allows healthy microbes to devour the raw materials. In the process, they create a humus material that plants adore.

Creating compost involves an art of knowing when and how much to aerate compost, when to add moisture and bulking agents. Given the fact that it is site-specific and climate-related, creating compost is a balancing act with a long learning curve.

Assuming that good quality raw materials are used, healthy compost should be dark in colour and have an earthy smell. And that is exactly what you get when you open a bag of Farmyard Organics. You’ll be glad you did and your plants will be delighted!

Simply spread a layer of compost about 10 to 15 mm thick and work into the soil.

Composting Process

Composting, which is the natural process of decomposing organic materials, is assisted by the incorporation of natural micro-organisms under controlled conditions. It involves the consumption of oxygen and H2O by the micro-organisms as they feed on the organic decaying matter. There are two approaches to composting, active and passive.

Farmyard Organics uses an active composting process, which causes the production of aerobic bacteria and is therefore more effective. Active composting takes place in almost ideal conditions, allowing the aerobic bacteria to thrive.

This not only causes the organic material to be broken down at a much faster rate but also results in a decrease in the production of pathogens, odour and harmful greenhouse gases.

Active composting also generates large amounts of heat, water and carbon dioxide, which are harmlessly released into the atmosphere throughout the duration of the process.

Composting Process

All of Farmyard Organics raw materials are of an organic origin. Some of the materials contain carbon in the form of cellulose which is used by the bacteria to produce sugars and heat. Other materials contain nitrogen in the form of protein which enables the bacteria to thrive.

We use ingredients such as Pine bark, sawdust and woodchips as a source of carbon and green plant material, kraal manure and chicken litter, all which contain an abundant supply of nitrogen.