Composting

soil; photo by Edwin Remsberg

CORE COMPETENCIES

At the end of this session you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • Home composting
    • Key factors in effective composting (microorganisms, organic materials (C:N ratio, particle size, air, moisture, and pile volume)
      • How to troubleshoot and correct home composting problems
      • The characteristics of and uses of finished compost
  • Soil fertility and pH
    • The role and importance of soil pH
    • The pH scale (acidic to basic, logarithmic)
    • How pH adjustments are made in the soil
    • Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) and its relation to fertility
  • Essential macronutrients  and micronutrients needed for plant growth
  • Soil testing and interpretation
    • Don’t Guess, Soil Test! – The importance of soil testing.
    • How to sample soil and complete the soil testing form properly
    • How to interpret a soil test and its recommendations

SELECTED READINGS AND CONTENT

UMaine Extension Bulletins

UMaine Extension Videos

MOFGA fact sheets — Look for

  • Composting in the Backyard or on a Small Farm

Additional Resources


PRACTICAL SKILLS GAINED AND STRENGTHENED

  • How to sample soil and complete the soil testing form properly
  • How to interpret a soil test and its recommendations
  • How to interpret a fertilizer label
  • How to troubleshoot and correct home composting problems