Composting & Compost Tea for Disease Control

Composting is the biological decomposition of organic material under controlled conditions. The heat generated by decomposer microorganisms during composting can destroy most pathogens, weed seeds, and invertebrates. Beneficial microorganisms inhabiting some composts control diseases. For disease suppression compost must have a diversity of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. Compost Starting Materials The greater the variety and size of materials the…

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Composting for the Garden vs. Home Orchard

Do not let the following discourage you from composting or just throwing plant material on the soil. Any organic matter added is better than none at all. As more knowledge is gained from nature we can then work with nature to maintain more of a natural balance. Ingham’s work at Oregon State University and Shigo’s work in Vermont, plus others,…

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