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Composting is a natural process of decomposition of organic matter (once living materials—including plant remains, plant leaves, and fruit and vegetable peels) into a dark earthy substance that can be used as an enriching garden soil or as a natural fertilizer for plants. Composting is a controlled aerobic process carried out by successive microbial populations combining mesophilic and thermophilic activities, leading to production of carbon dioxide, water, minerals, and stabilized organic matter. Composting is a natural process that has always occurred in forests, when the leaves from trees and plants fall on the forest floor and mix with the earth through a process of decay and decomposition. The living roots reclaim the nutrients from these decomposed leaves and finish the process of natural recycling. Farmers ...

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