How to Use Compost in Your Garden

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Gale Gassiot

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Now we’re ready to use our compost. So the way that we want to use it is every year we want to put one to two inches throughout the garden and/or the flower beds. If you put in a new bed, you want to put in four to five inches of compost and mix that in with the native soil. And the reason why you would want to use compost is that in clay soils, it aerates the soil- it loosens it and aerates it, and in sandy soils it adds nutrients and allows soil to hold moisture. And the truth is, I can’t make enough compost for my yard in this bin, even though it’s quite large. So I have to supplement commercial compost and potting soil and that kind of thing with my homemade. So I use it all up and I make as much as I can- as much as time will allow. But I use it for if I buy a special plant and I’m going to transplant it, and I also use it whenever I’m planting annuals- blooming annuals because it really makes flowers bloom beautifully. I use it in more special situations. And if I’m not putting in a new plant or planting annuals, then I’ll put it in my rosebush, put it on vegetable garden. And I side dress the plants with it. And I generally do that each garden- I’ll take a bucket and I’ll put a large handful around each plant. And it really helps.