Handbook for composting and compost use in organic horticulture

A.W.G. van der Wurff, J.G. Fuchs, Michael Raviv, Aad Termorshuizen

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Abstract

Compost, as a product of recycling processes, can be a very appropriate input material for organic farming, provided the composting process is well-managed, the input materials are free of contaminants, and the resulting product is applied according to the system’s ecological needs. Compost is a very important input material for organic greenhouse production. Organic greenhouse production may vary in the level of intensity, but it is generally a system with high turnover rates of organic matter, high inputs of both nutrients and energy, and high production levels. Compost is used as an important source of organic matter and nutrients in greenhouse horticulture, and is an important component of growing media for nurseries. Compost plays an important role in building a resilient farming system, by providing both the energy sources and the nutrients to sustain soil biodiversity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication[Netherlands]
PublisherBioGreenhouse
Number of pages106
ISBN (Print)9789462577497
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

Keywords

  • organic farming
  • composting
  • composts
  • horticulture
  • greenhouse horticulture
  • soil microbiology
  • digestate

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