not talking about chickpea dip, here. Humus (“HYOO-mus”)
is decayed organic material, the remains of dead plants, animals,
and other creatures. It’s the humus that gives rich soils
their characteristic dark brown color.
The complex organic compounds in humus contain
carbon, hydrogen, oxygen—the stuff of life. Depending on
exactly what life forms went into making it, humus may also contain
nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other essential plant nutrients.
As an added benefit, humus helps plants by trapping moisture
Some rich soils are up to 10 percent humus,
but a typical soil contains a much smaller amount. Some gardeners
boost what nature has provided by composting—collecting
organic waste (yard trimmings, kitchen scraps) for rapid breakdown
Soil. . .It's ALIVE!