Which Kind of Compost Helps Florida Plants Grow?

Florida soil is generally sandy, sterile and alkaline. The addition of just about any organic material will improve growing conditions. Composted manure and hay from a neighboring farmer, bags of commercial compost or composted leaves, grass clippings and kitchen waste from your own backyard composter are all beneficial soil amendments that will add nutrients to the soil, change pH and deter pests and nematodes.

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Elizabeth McNelis has been writing gardening, cooking, parenting, and homeschooling articles from her St. Petersburg urban homestead since 2006. Her work has appeared in “The Perspective,” a homeschooling newsletter distributed in Pinellas County, Fla., and on her blog entitled “Whatever!” McNelis holds a bachelor's degree in professional and technical writing from the University of South Florida.