3Sixty Organics: The Importance of Composting

3Sixty™ Compost

3Sixty™ is full of micro and macro nutrients that are essential for soil health and plant growth. Not only is it safe to handle for consumers, but it is made from quality organic materials that are weed free and environmentally friendly.

3Sixty™ Compost, Potting Mix, Lawn Dressing and NutriCast™ are fully organic products and are now all exclusively available at Lifestyle Home Garden

What is compost:

Compost is decomposed organic material or soil organic matter. 3Sixty™ Compost is a quality organic product made from selected weed free materials, including earthworm/vermicastings, horse manure, straw, kraal manure etc.

Composting Process:

Composting is a process that is carried out under aerobic conditions and is nature’s way of pasteurising and fermenting organic material. During the 3Sixty™ composting process, temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees Celsius are reached, ensuring that harmful pathogenic organisms are killed. The aim of making good compost is to get the compost windrows to reach these temperatures so that the heat generated can break down the organic material at a cellular level, ultimately ensuring that all the essential nutrients can be released.

3Sixty™ wait at least two weeks before turning the stacks, in order to allow the centre of the windrow to “heat up” and decompose. Additionally, they leave the compost to develop for between 6 to 9 months (depending on the weather conditions) in order to ensure that the compost has fully established before it is ready to be sold.

The organic material has nutrient in it but it is not available to the plant unless it is composted properly. Consistent heat and turning of the stacks is what allows the nutrient in the material to be released and thus become available to feed other plants.

Once mature; the odourless, clean handling, fluffy compost is then screened and bagged. 

What is 3Sixty™ Compost Made from:

3Sixty™ Compost is made from small amount of bark, Earthworm castings, horse manure and stable waste.

What you need to know:

All raw organic products have nutrient in them. Yet most of this nutrient is not available to the plant as it cannot be released because it has not undergone the correct composting process.

3Sixty™ conduct Electric Conductivity (EC) tests in order to determine what their EC readings are. This test indicates to us the efficiency of the material to transfer minerals and nutrients. The consistent heating and rotating of the compost windrows ensures that 3Sixty™ products have consistent EC readings which indicates that their products consistently have nutrients readily available.

The other benefits of keeping the stacks at 60 to 65 degrees Celsius:

1) all grass seeds are neutralised

2) all bacteria and harmful viruses are neutralised

3) all harmful fungi are neutralised

Additionally, 3Sixty™ compost sits consistently with a pH balance of between 6 and 7. The pH 6 or 7 reading means that the acidity of the compost is as close to neutral as possible. Given that compost is a generic feeder, a neutral pH balance means the material is suitable to be used for all plants. Any additional requirements for specific plants can then be added – such as for acid loving Hydrangeas, Agapanthus, etc.

Why Compost:

Composting is the most natural and beneficial thing we can do for our gardens, flowers, vegetables plants and trees. It allows us to replenish nutrients, improve drainage as well as water retention, and protects plant roots when it is used as a mulch.

Soil organic matter – or compost – holds moisture and nutrients, whilst sustaining soil life, which is essential for a healthy soil and plant growth. In addition to moisture retention and enhancing soil life, it also plays a major role in the soil’s capacity to hold plant nutrients. Ultimately this means that gardens that are composted are more water wise than those which are not.

Application Rate for 3Sixty™ Compost:

We recommend using one 30dm bag per every m² in your garden when your soil is in very bad condition.

If you are just needing a nutrient top up in your current soil, you can apply one 30dm bag per every 3m².

More detail about the composting process:

The composting process involves four main components: organic matter, moisture, oxygen, and bacteria.

The organic matter included in 3Sixty™ products is earthworm castings, stable waste and some animal manures. Organic materials used for compost should include a mixture of brown materials, which supply carbon as well as manures, which supply nitrogen.

Moisture supports the composting process. Compost should be comparable to the wetness of a wrung-out sponge. If the stack is too dry during the composting process, the materials will decompose very slowly.

Oxygen is needed in order to support the breakdown of plant material by bacteria. To supply oxygen, 3Sixty™ use a compost turner and turn the compost windrow so that the materials at the edges are brought to the centre of the pile. Turning the pile is important for complete composting and for controlling the odour.

Bacteria and other microorganisms are the real workers in the composting process. By supplying organic materials, water, and oxygen, the already present bacteria will break down the raw material into useful compost for the garden. As the bacteria decompose the materials, they release heat, which is concentrated in the centre of the pile. In addition to bacteria, larger organisms including insects and earthworms are active composters. These organisms break down large materials in the compost stack.

Although all 3Sixty™ composted products have enough nutrient in them at the stage of planting and up to at least a few weeks after. One must always remember that as plants grow, so they use up all of the available nutrient. So it is important to replenish these nutrients with 3Sixty™ NutriCast. This “plant food” will replace all the micro and macro nutrients that most plants need. NutriCast – is a natural organic fertilizer. NutriCast is a blend of composted material with high nutritional value and Vermicast. It is very good in veggie boxes, indoor pot plants and even on all outdoor plants that are looking a bit yellow, after too much rain.

NutriCast™ Benefits:

  • Contain Earthworm castings.
  • Contain natural plant growth regulators that promote plant growth.
  • High in nutritional value
    • Good for all aspects of plant growth
    • Flowering
    • Fruiting
    • Plant health
  • High in calcium. Calcium is the building block for all plant cells and is essential in promoting health strong plants.
  • High in carbon – essential in stimulating soil health and building up soil.
  • Natural pH.
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