Welcome to Billabong Compost
Why use compost?
This was the question we asked when we first started our research into ways to improve the soil on the property.
We understood that adding compost in the vegie garden made a difference - making the soil open -up, creating an easier to dig, friable soil, that holds water, but how and why would it work on the larger scale on the farm?
Composting is part of the earth’s biological cycle of growth and decay, returning nutrients to the soil.
Composting has long been considered a gardener’s best friend, with farmers using compost to improve their soils for centuries. It takes thousands of years for the earth to build good soil, with the addition of compost we can help re-build our soils in a much shorter time.
Compost, and the beneficial soil life it includes, such as the bacteria, fungi, protozoas, etc, replenish and build the soil, making it a healthy, productive environment for plants to grow and thrive.
Modern composting has been able to fast track this process, (taking months instead of years), by providing ideal conditions for the microbes. These microbes are responsible for the break down of the organic matter, leading to humus formation and nutrient availability.
Compost is suitable to be used on its own, as a nutrient rich soil conditioner, and to help build the complexity of the soil ecosystem. Compost can work its magic in the soil in as little as 6 months.
A teaspoon of good compost can contain as many as 5 billion organisms and thousands of different species, all working to restore and build soil.
Compost made from plant and animal residues contain all the nutrients essential for plant growth, including many of the trace elements as well as humic acids, which aid in making nutrients available to the plants.
Feed the soil so that the soil feeds the plants.
Using good quality mature compost, improves the physical (structure), chemical(nutrients), and biological(microbiological) properties of the soil.
Soil health is dependent on all three components being in balance so that the soil can function in a dynamic state of health, by improving nutrient cycling, soil tilth and by reducing chemical usage.
Compost improves the soil structure, the aeration and drainage of heavy soils and improves the water holding capacity and aggregation of sandy soils.