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2011-06-24 17:24:25

Organic compost improves soil, enhances ornamental plants in residential landscapes When natural ecosystems are replaced by roads, homes, and commercial structures, soil is negatively impacted. Studies have shown that, among other issues, distressed urban soils are often significantly compacted, may have alkaline pH, and may contain low amounts of essential organic matter and nutrients. This altered soil is typically not conducive to healthy plant root growth and establishment, leading to...

2008-09-27 00:00:18

A Mushroom compost manufacturer has been ordered to take action to reduce the smell produced by the process. Cotswold District Council is taking action against Agricultural Supply Company Limited, of Fairford. It has served enforcement notices on the firm after completing an investigation following a number of odour complaints from neighbours of the Sunhill site. Residents have long campaigned about smells. More than 20 protesters against the firm's plan to process mixed organic waste...

2008-09-23 03:00:16

Clay is the Jekyll and Hyde of soils. It constitutes some of our most fertile agricultural soils, but even these turn rock-hard when dry. Tiny particles pack down so tightly that the ground virtually defies water absorption. Once saturated, it becomes a sticky morass taking forever to dry out. Many a garden failure is directly related to an abundance of clay in the soil. Like all things in life, there is no absolute black-and-white with soils but, rather, a million shades of...

2008-08-19 18:00:24

By Tony Henderson NEW gardener Violet Diver tabled a rotten exhibit in her inaugural flower and vegetable show. But she came away with first prize as her beautifully rotted entry won the compost class in North Tyneside's annual horticulture and health show at The Parks Centre in North Shields. Violet, 44, has taken over her own plot next door to that of teacher husband Brian at Wallsend's West Street allotments site. And it was compost-making which caught the imagination of Violet, who...

2007-12-08 06:00:16

By Harrison, Ellen Z LITERATURE REVEIW There have been significant contributions to the literature on composting operations in the past decade. Most address on-site investigations relevant to worker health. OVER THE years, there have been concerns related to worker and neighbor health due to airborne particles emitted from composting operations. As a result, there has been a steady stream of studies to evaluate these impacts. This report summarizes a comprehensive review of the...

2007-06-09 03:00:20

By Bowden, C Spargo, J; Evanylo, G The capability to determine nitrogen availability of composts is necessary to ensure that such materials will provide sufficient fertilization to the growing crop and cause minimal environmental degradation. A greenhouse study using tall fescue as a bioindicator was used to evaluate nitrogen availability of two biosolids composts, two mixed yard waste-poultry manure composts, and one commercially-processed poultry litter. Five inorganic nitrogen (as NH^sub...


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