Compost | Find the Value of Your Compost

Compost Special – Just added January 15, 2010

Many people and customers are getting into the compost business.  Its a great way to create a material that can add value back to the soil.  Have you ever wanted to know what the makeup of your compost is?

In some places its called “Black Gold”  – This article from Nature’s Way Resources summarizes 5 reasons how compost compares to fertilizer.  It gives a good summary.

1)  Fertilizer (N-P-K):  A cubic yard (cy) of good compost will contain the same amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium as $150-170 worth of fertilizer.  Or to put it another way, a gardener would have to purchase at least $150.00 worth of organic fertilizer to get the same amount of major nutrients.

2) Fertilizer (Minor Nutrients):  Similar to above to get the iron, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, copper, boron, manganese and molybdenum it would require another $7.00 worth of minor nutrients.

3) Fertilizer (Trace Elements):  Compost will contain over 65 trace elements that are naturally found in plants. It would also require over $50.00 worth of fish emulsion to get the same amount of trace minerals.

If you want to find the real value of your product, have it analyzed.   Midwest Laboratories will be providing more information on compost analysis in the days leading up to the US Composting Council Tradeshow in Orlando!

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