Originally Posted by pondering_it_all
…but fungi and bacteria producing that much heat was incredible.
The thermophilic phase of a compost pile is driven by bacteria, which are basically “burning” the organic material in the process of breaking it down. The heat is not friendly to fungi and hyphae development. Johnson-Su fungal dominant compost is a slow static pile process that doesn’t have much of a heat producing stage, yet in a year the material (mostly woody biomass) is converted to a soil with the consistency of worm castings, and is unbelievably rich in microbial diversity. It can even break down organic chemicals like glyphosate. As Dr. Johnson is fond of saying, in regards to the ability of microbes to create a healthy and stable soil environment, “There’s a bug that will eat anything!”

Humans need to appreciate and learn from Nature’s genius and stop trying to dominate it stupidly and destructively.


You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller