Compost is the product of decomposition of plant and animal wastes. Transforming this organic matter into a dark, rich, productive soil amendment is what gardeners fondly call “Black Gold”.
The key to having great garden soil is having your soil alive. Compost energizes the soil food web, which is made up of microscopic bacteria and fungi, along with earthworms, crickets, and many other life forms. Many fungi form symbiotic, or mutually rewarding, partnerships with plant roots, making it possible for vegetables to feed themselves more efficiently.