How is Compost Broken Down?

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Find out what the ingredients of good compost are, plus learn how microorganisms break down plants and organic matter to form compost, in this free organic gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Gale Gassiot

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The ingredients of a good compost are air, water, microbes, carbon, and nitrogen. Microorganisms break down the plant matter and the organic matter and they do most of the work. Later in the process, fungi and protozoa work with the bacteria to break down more of the organic matter. Then, at the end of the process in the compost you will find centipedes and millipedes, beetles, earthworms that breakdown the final stages of the compost.