Welcome to Transform Compost Systems blog

I’m Dr. John Paul, a soil scientist and president of Transform Compost Systems. I have had the privilege of being involved with the composting industry for almost 20 years. This blog will include recent news and opinions about composting and organics management, the purpose of which is to advance the organics recycling and composting industry in Canada and worldwide. I invite you to comment or ask questions on our postings.

Globally, we need to recycle organic matter to produce valuable organic matter for our soils in order to sustain a healthy food system and healthy communities. There are many studies available on the worldwide loss of organic matter from our soils, and its impact on the loss of food production.

To include organics recycling as part of a healthy community, we need to do this in an economically, environmentally and socially acceptable manner. We cannot pollute our air or water, or produce unacceptable odor in our communities. The end goal is not only to reduce our waste to landfill, but produce valuable organic matter for our soils.

The importance of our industry is illustrated by my experience with the US border official this week, who shared his experience with some dwarf apple and cherry trees that he planted last year. The plants that had compost added grew to 8 ft and produced fruit in the first year. The trees that didn’t receive compost grew only 3 ft. Compost works, it gives us wonderful results for efforts at producing sustainable food locally!

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4 Responses to Welcome to Transform Compost Systems blog

  1. Sanjiv Bagai says:

    Can the worms recycle and break down organic matter completely into readily available nutrients for plants ?

    • john.paul says:

      The organic matter is actually decomposed by bacteria and fungi. Worms are secondary decomposers, feeding on the smaller microbes such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa. Some of the carbon in the organic matter returns to the air as carbon dioxide, and some of it stays in the “castings” Some of the nutrients are available to plants immediately, and others are released slowly.

  2. Sanjiv Bagai says:

    Thanks for your reply Dr. Paul.
    After using worm castings on the lawns, do we have to use some other fertilizer or nutrients?

    • john.paul says:

      Worm castings are best used for stimulating plant growth, which means that they function best when added to the soil at a rate of 5-10%, or used to brew an aerobic compost tea. If you were to add them to a lawn, they would provide nutrients and beneficial microorganisms, but I would not consider using worm castings the best use of worm castings or the best way to improve your lawn. I would recommend simply adding a nutrient rich compost to your lawn – find a compost that is screened to 1/4-1/2″ and apply it to a 1/4″ depth. If the nutrient content of the compost is high, and if you use a recycling mower, you may not need to add additional nutrients.

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