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Compost vs. Humus

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Main Difference

The main difference between Compost and Humus is that the Compost is a organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment and Humus is a any organic matter that has reached a point of stability.

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  • Compost (noun)

    The decayed remains of organic matter that has rotted into a natural fertilizer.

    "Dig plenty of compost into clay or sandy soil to improve its structure."

  • Compost (noun)

    A mixture; a compound.

  • Compost (verb)

    To produce compost, let organic matter decay into fertilizer.

    "If you compost your grass clippings, you can improve your soil."

  • Humus (noun)

    A large group of natural organic compounds, found in the soil, formed from the chemical and biological decomposition of plant and animal residues and from the synthetic activity of microorganisms

  • Humus (noun)

    alternative spelling of hummus

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  • Compost (noun)

    A mixture; a compound.

  • Compost (noun)

    A mixture for fertilizing land; esp., a composition of various substances (as muck, mold, lime, and stable manure) thoroughly mingled and decomposed, as in a compost heap.

  • Compost

    To manure with compost.

  • Compost

    To mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost.

  • Humus (noun)

    That portion of the soil formed by the decomposition of animal or vegetable matter. It is a valuable constituent of soils.

Webster Dictionary
  • Compost (noun)

    a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer

  • Compost (verb)

    convert to compost;

    "compost organic debris"

  • Humus (noun)

    partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil

  • Humus (noun)

    a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East

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