Composting

Selected Readings and Content

UMaine Extension Bulletins

UMaine Extension Videos

Additional Resources


Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Core Competencies

At the end of these sessions 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

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