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Biodynamic Agriculture: farming method introduced by Rudolf Steiner.
Compost: general term for compostable organic matter; the random accumulation of organic materials; the skilful composition of compostable matter in a heap or container
Compost Activator: a catalyst for the decomposition of compostable materials into humus
Decomposition: the decay of organic materials in the composting process
Earthworm: burrowing worm that lives in the soil, eats and digests vegetable matter and animal manure, and excretes worm castings, considered to be the most valuable humus.
Edaphon: the microorganisms in the soil; equivalent to the plankton in the sea.
Humus: the ‘placenta of the earth’, a vital organ of earth as a living organism. Humus is the result of decomposed organic matter, it ensures soil health and keeps it alive.
Nutritional Humus: humus which releases its nutrients quickly
Permaculture: an agricultural concept for creating self sustaining ecosystems and edible landscapes; “Permaculture is the conscious creation of a paradise”; “Permaculture is a revolution in the guise of gardening.”
Permanent Humus: humus which releases is nutrients slowly
Super-humus: a name for the humus produced by earthworms.
Topsoil: the upper 2 or 3 layers of earth.
Vermiculture: the breeding of earthworms in a worm farm.
Worm castings: the excretions of earthworms, a most valuable permanent humus, rich in nutrients and microorganisms.
Worm hotel: a special box system for breeding earthworms.
Photo: Amadou Loureiro