What is compost?

Compost is organic matter that has been through a controlled process of natural aerobic decomposition.
Compost products typically contain:
  • Soil-conditioning organic matter and humus
  • Benefical micro-organisms
  • Organic carbon
  • Some immediate and slow release nutrients

 

What is soil conditioning?

The organic matter, humus and biological activity of composts can improve:
  • Soil structure and tilth
  • Soil health
  • Fertility
  • Nutrient holding capacity
  • Moisture holding capacity

 

How is Living Earth Compost 100% weed-free?

The green waste is shredded, then laid out into windrows to compost. The windrows reach a minimum temperature of 55 degrees within 2 or 3 days. After 3 days at this temperature most weed seeds including oxalis are dead and will no longer germinate. Gorse seeds will take 7-12 days at 55 degrees. It takes 90-120 days to make compost at Living Earth and it is held at 55 degrees throughout thistime

 

What is Legionella and what is the best way to prevent infection?

Legionella bacteria can be present in all types of composts, potting mixes and other organic garden matter including soil.On rare occasions it can cause Legionnaire’s Disease in humans. While serious infection is rare, for older people, or those with reduced immunity, infection can be serious.
Recommend:
  • Avoid inhaling the mix
  • Always wear gloves and wash hands after use
  • See your doctor if you develop a high fever, chill breathlessness or a cough