Microorganisms are essential in the composting process. These microscopic
organisms are the tiny guys and gals, that break down raw, organic compost
In the composting process, micro-organisms produce carbon dioxide, heat,
water and humus.... finished compost that is ready for use by your plants.
There are a wide variety of microorganisms at work during each stage
of the decomposing process. 80% to 90% of the micro-organisms are bacteria.
Other microorganisms include:
Fungi - including molds and yeasts
Actinomycetes - bacteria similar to fungi
Protozoa - single celled, feeds on organic matter
Rotifers - feeds on organic matter, bacteria and fungi
Three stages of decomposition, where micro-organisms are at work:
Mesophilic, warm up period: Aerobic bacteria is at work. Temperatures
are 70-90 degrees F. Aerobic microorganisms, which require oxygen, are working
on the compost.
Thermophilic, high heat period: Temperatures reach 100 to 170 degrees F.
The microorganisms dominant in this stage, are anaerobic. This stage usually
lasts 3-4 days.With high heat, weed seeds and other seeds are killed.
Cool down period: Temperatures cool off and aerobic micro-organisms take
over once more.
Micro-organisms are present in your garden soil, on plants, and in
any compost pile. To kick-start the decomposition process, you don't need
compost activators. Just add a shovelful of dirt, or finished compost from
your last batch, to the raw materials.
Composting Health Hazards
Add a cover system to your raised garden frame, and you have.... A
This raised bed kit comes with a cover system, designed for the Guarden raised
garden bed frames. The cover latches firmly to the raised bed frame, allowing
it to withstand high winds. The plastic cover comes standard with the unit.
Optional pest covers and insect netting are also available. The cover
system helps to extend the gardening season spring and fall. It's easy to
remove the cover system, for summer months.
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