What are some uses of compost?
Compost contains nutrients, but is not a substitute for fertilizers. Soils amended with compost are more capable of holding nutrients in the soil until plants have a need for them, and most often less fertilizer is needed to grow plants. Compost loosens and aerates clay soils and helps to retain water in sandy soils.
  • Soil amending: Mix soils with up to 25% compost. Add two inches to the top six inches of soil each year before planting.
  • Mulch: Apply two inches to the surface of soil each year to reduce weeds and water needs.
  • Potting blend: Add up to 20% mature compost to container soil.
  • Tea: Use one cup of excellent quality compost for every five gallons of tea brewed.

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1. What is backyard composting?
2. How is compost made?
3. What do I need for backyard composting?
4. What are some uses of compost?
5. Does adding bread and other food scraps to my compost draw rats?
6. Can I compost my dog manure?
7. Is compost with food waste better than yard waste only compost?
8. Is compost made from worms better than a hot thermal compost?
9. Will my compost ever get too hot and cause a fire?
10. Where can I get more information about composting?