PostHeaderIcon A Guide On How To Use Compost

The importance of good quality compost to home garden cannot be undermined. While it is good to know how to make compost, it is equally important to have the knowledge on how to use compost.

Summarized below are some of the tips on using compost, which I hope will be beneficial to you.

  • A soil amendment – mix 2 to 5 inches of compost into gardens each year before planting.
  • A potting mixture – add one part compost to two parts potting soil.
  • Make your own potting mixture by using equal parts of compost and sand or perlite.
  • A mulch – add 2 to 4 inches of compost around annual flowers and vegetables, and up to 5 inches around your trees and shrubs.
  • A top dressing – mix finely sifted compost with sand and sprinkle evenly over lawns.

Since we’re on the topic of compost, I’ll let you in on some of the interesting facts on compost.

  • Although compost has nutrients, it is not a complete fertilizer.
  • Compost provides nutrients in the soil until plants need to use them.
  • Compost loosens and aerates clay soils
  • Compost retains water in sandy soils.

Once you have mastered the art of making and using compost, you might want to explore further on making your own compost tea, which will give you amazing results.

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