Seeing how composting delivers benefits to the soil and water
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Recently the composting debate in the UK has been focused on green and other waste recycling. The output, ie the compost, has had less attention. In South Africa the benefits from the use of compost can be seen in improving the soil structure and for water retention. Orchard waste (trimmed branches etc) are composted and used to improve the orchards. Some use straw on top of the compost forming a thatched roof to protect the soil.
It was striking to see the increase in earth worms under this system and the way the trees responded sending out roots into the composted areas.