So, let's simplify garden composting and garden compost.
First off, it's a very confusing subject because the word 'compost" is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, compost is described as a rich, crumbly, soil-like material used in gardening. As a verb, it is the process of breaking down plant material that is no longer growing through a decomposition process.
To complicate the understanding of the garden-related, breaking-down process (compost as a verb), there are actually two types of processes—aerobic, with air; and anaerobic, without air. Both are a natural, Mother Earth process. But the first, or aerobic, has no odor, heats up, and does its job with little microbes wearing white hats (the good guys). The second, or anaerobic process, smells, is messy, and is very objectionable. The more common name for this is rotting. I don't have to tell you that all these microbe bugs wear black hats (the bad guys). It's true all those bad-guy, black-hat items will eventually decompose, but you don't want to be around while they do.
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