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Compost vs. Humus

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Compostnoun

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.’;

Humusnoun

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

Compostnoun

(obsolete) A mixture; a compound.

Humusnoun

alternative spelling of hummus

Compostverb

To produce compost, let organic matter decay into fertilizer.

‘If you compost your grass clippings, you can improve your soil.’;

Humusnoun

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

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Compostnoun

A mixture; a compound.

‘A sad compost of more bitter than sweet.’;

Humusnoun

partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil

Compostnoun

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.

‘And do not spread the compost on the weedsTo make them ranker.’;

Humusnoun

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

Compostverb

To manure with compost.

Humus

In soil science, humus (derived in 1790–1800 from the Latin humus for 'earth, ground') denominates the fraction of soil organic matter that is amorphous and without the . Humus significantly affects the bulk density of soil and contributes to its retention of moisture and nutrients.

‘cellular cake structure characteristic of plants, micro-organisms or animals’;

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Compostverb

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

Compostnoun

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

Compostverb

convert to compost;

‘compost organic debris’;

Compost

Compost is a mixture of ingredients used to fertilize and improve the soil. It is commonly prepared by decomposing plant and food waste and recycling organic materials.

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