The Basics

Because composting is a natural process, all we really need to do is create the ideal conditions and nature will do the rest. The composting process involves many different organisms such as soil bacteria, fungi, moulds, worms and insects that are working together in an intricate, living community. Like all life forms, these organisms need air and water to survive and thrive. The five essential conditions for successful composting are therefore:


The articles in this section give more details on these 5 essentials of composting and outline the main dos and don’ts to ensure you get quality compost. Please see the sections on materials and composting systems  for details on how to create these essential conditions for the materials that you want to compost.