This resource was created by Sara DiVito.
Have you ever heard of black gold? It's not a precious metal, but it is indeed precious in its own way. Black gold is compost, and it earns its nickname because it is nutrient-rich and lovingly utilized by gardeners everywhere.
So what is compost? Simply put, compost is decomposed organic matter.
“Organic matter” – food waste, paper, and wood products, yard trimmings, natural fibers such as cotton and wool, and animal fur and human hair – is matter derived from a living (or once-living) organism and, therefore, capable of decay. Microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, worms, and insects feed on and break down organic matter into a warm, crumbly, nutrient-rich product.
Okay, enough describing. How do you get your hands on some black gold? Luckily, compost is accessible and you can start producing it in your own home! Learn the basics of compost, what it's made of, how you can make it, and other great tips in this beautiful guide.