Boy… lots of advantages to composting compared to the natural process of a fallen leaf that will eventually be recycled by mother nature. There are also advantages over chemically synthesized fertilizers. This is what technology is all about, whether we are going to Mars or the garden, composting is a very good example of how technology… organic technology is an improvement over what we have been handed by nature and what we have done in the past.

  1. The concentration of nutrients are higher in a composted material.
  2. The composted material, by reaching 70C (150F) is free of pathogens.
  3. There are no thermophilic microbes in the soils to break down the hard to restructure cellulose and lignin in cell walls. Lignin is a hard to break carbon chain comprising 25% of all cell walls. It is the hard brown material you see in tree barks and woody materials. (Microsoft word spell check can not be trusted with the word “lignin”. It will change it to “linguini”. So take care.)
  4. Compost renders the raw materials in 30 days compared to up to 200 days in a natural process.
  5. Composting makes use of more raw materials than what nature is given to use.
  6. Composting is less expensive than buying fertilizers.
  7. Composted fertilizers are beneficial to the environment compared to synthesized chemical fertilizers that leach and then contaminate the water-tables and rivers.