When it comes to organic gardening, the best fertilizer that you can find is compost. Compost is decomposed organic matter that resembles nutrient-rich, black soil. It can be used as a mulch above the soil, turned into the garden as a soil amendment or watered down to make a nutrient-filled compost tea.
Wait 1 month before planting to amend finished compost into the soil.
Spread compost onto the surface of your garden with a shovel or garden fork.
Turn finished compost into the soil to a depth of 1 to 3 inches with a rototiller.
Spread compost evenly over lawns to a depth of 1/4 inch thick.
Time your compost application for fall when the unfinished compost is still fibrous.
Spread unfinished compost directly onto the ground of your garden with a shovel.
Apply unfinished compost around the perimeter of perennial roots rather than directly over the roots of the plant.
Place finished compost in a burlap bag.
Place burlap bag in a 5-gallon bucket.
Fill the 5-gallon bucket with water from a garden hose.
Let tea solution sit for an hour.
Remove burlap bag from bucket and dump the finished compost out in your garden.
Use compost tea on potted plants, or as a spray for roses.
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