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Q. What is compost?

A. Compost is the result of an accelerated biological decomposition process of plants. Humus (decomposed plant material) is needed to maintain loose, well-drained soil that can be easily cultivated and promotes good root growth. Humus can also improve aeration and drainage, provide plant nutrients, and increase moisture retention. Decomposition and the creation of humus occur naturally, but the process can be accelerated by maintaining a compost pile or bin.