How is it Made?

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Break Down Phase: Compost starts with a carefully blended recipe.  This recipe includes a blend of avian, and equine manures, animal bedding, woodchips and hay.  It contains the proper carbon to nitrogen levels to sustain temperatures well above 131 deg. F for a minimum of 15 days.  At the beginning of this stage, we inoculate with a series of bacteria that quickly convert the raw ammonia in the manure to Nitrite, and then Nitrate.  These are the same bacteria that you might use in a pond or fish aquarium to clean up the water.  At this stage of the process, frequent turnings (every day) are very important because turning the compost removes the CO2 that the microbes exhale and replaces it with fresh Oxygen,  thus preventing the beneficial microbes from suffocating.  Keeping the pile oxygenated is  necessary to produce a compost that has higher humus versus ordinary compost.

Humus Building Phase: Turning the compost with an Aeromaster PT-120 turner (below left) is an important part of the composting process. High quality inoculants (right) are blended with the compost. These inoculants contain a very wide diversity of beneficial fungi and bacteria, to build up the broken down organic matter in to long chain substances called humus.  Humus is very beneficial for plants and the micro-life of the soil.  It is a substance that is stable and remains in the soil for a very long time.

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