Adding organic compost to your garden also helps to neutralise pH and improve the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils, increasing their ability to hold nutrients for plant use.
Improving soil structure and boosting nutrient content is about more than producing healthier crops. Fertile soil also has far greater moisture retention, allowing you to use less water in your garden.
With the introduction of organic matter, heavy soils are better equipped to hold water and resist compaction – reducing erosion and runoff.
Soil Food Web
When organic material is broken down in a compost pile, the decomposition process produces the best fertilizer you’ll ever find, the soil food web.
Adding healthy organic compost to the soil on farms and in gardens not only feeds the plants growing in this soil the nutrients they need, it also makes them stronger and more capable of resisting pests.