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3 Tips for Using Compost More Effectively

by on August 21, 2012

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Everyone knows that composting our kitchen and garden waste is a good thing to do for a variety of reasons. Everyone has been saving all of their scraps and using their composting system of choice, and now that we have all of this rich, dark, compost to work with, how do we use it for maximum efficacy? Here are three tips that will help you get the most out of your compost:

1. Exercise restraint.
Compost is powerful stuff. It is very high in nutrients and those nutrients are great for your plants. Too much of them though, can be a bad thing. In high amounts, nitrogen can burn your plants, for example, and that’s not cool.

2. Apply compost in early Spring or late Fall.
For best results, apply a fresh layer of compost about 1 to 2 inches in depth to your garden beds very early in the spring or late in the fall and work it in if you can. This will allow the compost time to spread its nutrients around the soil and stabilize itself to be of the best possible benefit to the garden plants when you are ready to start your seasonal garden.

3. Watch the weeds.
While nearly anything from the yard or garden can be composted, you need to keep a watchful eye over some things that you won’t want to deal with next season. Grass that has gone to seed, for example, can introduce grass into your garden. The same can apply to weeds that are seeding as well. As a general rule, avoid adding anything that has gone to seed to your compost and you’ll avoid most of the surprise pop ups that can happen from time-to-time in the composted garden.

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